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Report says children should have been helped sooner

The children lived in squalid conditions
The children lived in squalid conditions Credit: ITV News

Four children who were subjected to years of neglect by their parents should have been taken into care far earlier according to a report. The children who were from Gloucestershire, lived in squalid conditions and were infested with lice. Their parents were each jailed for 2 years in June. A report by the Safeguarding Children Board found that the authorities should have taken tougher action.

The motivation was to support the parents who themselves had all sorts of issues of their own to improve the way that they were caring for their children to make it better. I think we can all see now and it's clear from the review that actually the level of neglect was at a level where these children needed to be removed earlier.

– David Mc Callum, Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board

Man attempts to sexually assault 9-year-old girl

A 9-year-old girl has been left “extremely distressed” after a man tried to sexually assault her in Worcester.
A 9-year-old girl has been left “extremely distressed” after a man tried to sexually assault her in Worcester. Credit: PA

A 9-year-old girl has been left “extremely distressed” after a man tried to sexually assault her in Worcester.

Police say he climbed out of his lorry in Upton Snodsbury last month and asked to take photographs of the child before a witness intervened.

He is described as between 19 and 25 years old with tattoos on both arms of names and teddy bears.

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Graduate holds up sign at station and lands interview

A Coventry graduate landed himself an interview on the same day after he was seen standing outside Waterloo station holding a placard with his details for potential employers.

Alfred Ajani was offered job interviews as far afield as Barcelona.

Following the response, the graduate said: "Few opportunities look to be coming my way. Would advise recent graduates to do what I did".

Family claims Yazidis told: 'Convert or face death'

A family from Derby who have Yazidi relatives in Iraq say they've escaped to live on a mountain.
A family from Derby who have Yazidi relatives in Iraq say they've escaped to live on a mountain. Credit: ITV News Central

A family from Derby who have Yazidi relatives in Iraq say they've escaped to live on a mountain.

They say they were threatened with death unless they converted to Islam.

The family say that some of their relatives have now disappeared.

Re-appeal for help to find missing Birmingham child

Aiken Eltaje went missing on Monday
Aiken Eltaje went missing on Monday Credit: West Midlands Police

Police officers have put out another appeal for help in tracing a missing 12-year-old girl from Balsall Heath.

Eltaje Aiken left her aunt's house on Vincent Street between 10am and 2pm on Monday and has not been seen since.

Eltaje is black, around 5ft 2ins tall and of medium build with shoulder length black hair.

Police believe she is wearing a white shell suit top and black leggings.

Investigation after coach carrying children overturns

The coach, taking families from Dudley on a trip to the seaside, overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire.
The coach, taking children and adults from Dudley on a trip to the seaside, overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire. Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating after a coach, taking children and adults from Dudley on a trip to the seaside, overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire.

It happened just before 10am yesterday on the southbound carriageway near junction 13.

Families were being taken to Weston-super-Mare by a local charity. Seven passengers suffered minor injuries.

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