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Two year inquiry into child sexual exploitation

Results from a two year inquiry into child sexual exploitation reveal 2,409 children and young people became victims between August 2010 and October 2011.

Thousands of children are being sexually exploited each year by gangs and groups across England.

This comes after eight men were jailed for up to seven years back in September for targeting young girls in Derby.

Michael Sibert reports.

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Almost 2,500 children sexually exploited

Thousands of children are being sexually exploited each year by gangs and groups in England, according to an interim report.

Figures have shown that 2,409 children and young people were confirmed victims between August 2010 and October 2011.

A further 16,500 children were at 'high risk' of sexual exploitation between April 2010 and March 2011.

The report comes after nine Asian men who groomed white girls as young as 13 in Rochdale with drink and drugs were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court in May.

The reality is that each year thousands of children in England are raped and abused by people seeking to humiliate, violate and control them.

– sue berelowitz, deputy children's commissioner

Pictures: Toddlers rescued after house fire suspected arson attack

The police have sealed off the house following the suspected arson attack Credit: ITV Central

Two young children were rescued from a house fire in Birmingham after a suspected arson attack.

Police arrived in Halesowen around 1.00am today to find the mother in the road frantically screaming that her children were inside.

The house is boarded up after the fire took hold inside the property Credit: ITV Central

A girl, 5, and boy, 3, were carried from the house on Elizabeth Road by police, firefighters and a neighbour.

Both children were treated in hospital for smoke inhalation but were not seriously hurt in what police say was "almost a tragedy".

Fire-damaged belongings from inside shows the extent of the blaze Credit: ITV Central

A 36-year-old man was arrested from another address in Halesowen a short while later and is being questioned on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Toddlers "lucky to be alive" after suspected house fire arson

Two young children were rescued from a house fire in Birmingham after a suspected arson attack.

Police arrived in Halesowen around 1.00am today to find the mother in the road frantically screaming that her children were inside.

A girl, 5, and boy, 3, were carried from the house on Elizabeth Road by police, firefighters and a neighbour.

Both children were treated in hospital for smoke inhalation but were not seriously hurt in what police say was "almost a tragedy".

A 36-year-old man was arrested from another address in Halesowen a short while later and is being questioned on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Detective Inspector Gary Dring who is leading the investigation said the front door was set alight:

“We could easily have been dealing this morning with the tragic deaths of two young children, but thankfully they were pulled from the house before the fire was able to really take hold. They are lucky to be alive."

– Detective Inspector Gary Dring

Scooting their way to surgery in Nottingham

Nottingham Children's Hospital has come up with a novel way of making hospital less daunting. They've been given six new scooters for children to use around the wards and corridors while they're having treatment.

The idea is the kids can scoot to the operating theatre, making the prospect of surgery less scary. Hospital staff say it also helps with their rehabilitation.

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