Child sex abuse figures ‘truly staggering’, says Rotherham MP

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A Rotherham MP has described new figures revealing that 3,234 offenders were jailed for child sex offences last year as ‘truly staggering’. But Sarah Champion said the Home Office figures for 2017 ‘only tell part of the story’. Of the offenders jailed, 20 … Continue reading

Child sex abuse trial: Defendant denies Ulley Country Park abduction

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A MAN accused of abducting a girl and sexually abusing her in a country park 16 years ago has told a jury the complainant “was lying then and is lying now”. The defendant – who cannot be named for legal … Continue reading

Sammy Woodhouse reaches German public broadcaster

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From DW News: Sammy Woodhouse is one of some 1400 people in Rotherham, UK, who were raped as children. For 16 years, a network of men – most of Pakistani origin – abused underage girls. But authorities repeatedly ignored warning … Continue reading

Child sex abuse trial defendant denies “bully” claims

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A MAN accused of raping a girl in Sherwood Forest has denied a claim that he would “bully girls into doing what he wanted”. Nabeel Kurshid (38, pictured), of Weetwood Road, Rotherham, is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court facing … Continue reading

Child sex abuse trial: Defendant “thought girls were over 16”

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A MAN accused of sexually abusing three girls told a court he had sexual intercourse with them – but he never thought they were younger than 16. Mohammed Imran Akhtar (37), of Godstone Road, Rotherham, is on trial at Sheffield … Continue reading

Survivor welcomes plans to introduce CCTV in taxis across the UK

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CAMPAIGNER Sammy Woodhouse has welcomed Government recommendations to install audio recording and CCTV equipment in all taxis across the country. Sammy said it was a “good step forward” and would keep passengers and drivers safer. MP Sarah Champion has also … Continue reading

Review urges tougher rules for minicabs after grooming scandals

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Tough new restrictions should be placed on minicab drivers to address failings highlighted by child sexual exploitation scandals in towns such as Rochdale and Rotherham, according to a government review. A report published today said that minicab and taxi drivers … Continue reading