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Former gang members enrol on 3D printing course in Wolverhampton

Students being introduced to 3D technology Credit: Heath Town Project

A new scheme which introduces former gang members to the future of technology is being rolled out in Wolverhampton.

The social enterprise workshops, run by Black Country Atelier, users 3D printing and scanning tools to teach students how to use the latest technology and develop their creative skills.

The programme is based in a tower block in Heath Town.

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

Jail for gangster after counterfeit cigarette operation

A key member of a criminal gang who hoped to make millions of pounds by producing and selling counterfeit tobacco has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Gary Lampon, Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation for HMRC, said:

"The scale of this fraud was staggering. Klein had a key role in the conspiracy to launch a UK production facility, manufacturing counterfeit tobacco goods by the million. The gang's ambition to progress from importing counterfeit cigarettes to manufacturing them on an industrial scale shows a determined ruthlessness to line their own pockets. They had no regard to the potential harm their criminal activity causes to individuals, communities and legitimate businesses."

– – GARY LAMPON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR HMRC

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