An immigrant child sex gang has been blasted by a judge for failing to respect their adopted country by abusing a string of young girls in Peterborough - and failing to learn English.
Judge John Bevan QC told the court that despite the gang members living legally in the UK for between five and 12 years, taxpayers will have to foot a £40,000 bill for interpreters following the trial.
The judge laid into the four Roma men and boys from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and an Iraqi Kurd, as he sentenced them for raping and sexually assaulting five girls aged as young as 12.
He told them: "The combination of the crimes you have committed and your attitude to these crimes both in this country and this court bring discredit on all of you in the dock."
"[It also] does a disservice to your fellow Roma who want to work hard in this country, improve themselves and make a positive contribution.
"If you want to live in this country you must do so in an appropriate way."With rights come responsibilities, which you have singularly failed to take."
Social worker Estelle Thain told ITV News that she became increasingly concerned about one of the Peterborough victims when she became "too frightened" to speak about her experiences.
"It got to the point where we had to place her in foster care to move her away from Peterborough," she said, "which was where she was putting herself at risk."
"She had been moved a couple of months to foster placement, which was a long way from Peterborough, before she got to a point where she got comfortable to disclose some of the things that had been happening to her."
Two men are due to be sentenced after being convicted of a series of rapes against vulnerable teenage girls in Peterborough.
Zdeno Mirga and Hassan Abdulla were convicted last month. Three teenage boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are also due to be sentenced.
All five were found guilty of various counts, including rape, sexual assault, causing or inciting child prostitution, engaging in sexual activity with a child and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.