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Clegg: 'I doubt rest of EU will sign up to Cameron's pledge'

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Nick Clegg said he doubts all the other 27 countries in the EU will sign up to David Cameron's immigration blueprint.

The Deputy Prime Minister said he thought some of the ideas were "sensible and workable".

But he added there were "some very serious question marks about whether others will ever really happen in practice and whether they are deliverable."


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Sexual exploitation raids: Police statement

Police search the premises Credit: Thames Valley Police

Sgt Neil Applegarth from the East Oxford Neighbourhood Team said: “Officers attended the guest house at 8pm tonight after receiving some information relating to the possible exploitation of women.

“We are in the very early stages of this investigation and so I ask if anyone has any information to contact us immediately.

“I want to take this opportunity to apologise to local residents for any inconvenience caused by tonight’s activity.

“Officers will continue to patrol on Cowley Road, so if you have any questions relating to this operation, please don’t hesitate to approach them.

“If anyone knows someone that might be at risk of sexual exploitation, please contact us on 101.

“We take every allegation of this nature very seriously and will investigate fully.”

Somali sex abuse gang jailed for 40 years

Top: Abdirashid Abdulahi, Mohamed Dahir, Liban Abdi, Jusef Abdirizak. Bottom: Idleh Osman, Arafat Ahmed Osman, Abdulahi Aden, Mohamed Jumale Credit: Police handout

Seven members of a 15-member gang of Somali men who ran an inner city sex ring involved in raping, abusing and prostituting underage British girls have been jailed for more than 40 years.

The victims, aged between 13 and 17 were prayed upon, sexually groomed, and trafficked across Bristol and passed between the men's friends for money.

Many of the girls were groomed to view the abuse as a "normal" part of being the girlfriend of a Somali man, and were told it was part of the Somali "culture and tradition" to be raped by their boyfriend's friends.

Eight were jailed for a total of 70 years in June, while the remaining seven defendants, including one who featured in both trials, were sentenced today. Judge Julian Lambert imposed sentences of between two and 11 years, with a combined total of 40 years and six months, describing some defendants as "merciless".

You have all brought deep shame on your families, along with all the damage you have done.

You were all brought up to know what proper standards of behaviour are.

As well as deep, deep concerns for the victims of your crimes, I also have some concern for your families, who are not responsible for your actions. You are.

– Judge Julian Lambert


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