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Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner: 'Really grateful that the Goddard team has listened to our appeals'

Nottinghamshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, has welcomed today's announcement that claims of historic sexual abuse in the county will be investigated.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping. Credit: ITV News Central

"This is a huge step in the right direction and I’m really grateful that the Goddard team has listened to our appeals for Nottinghamshire to become part of the national inquiry.

"I have met a good many of the survivors and they have impressed upon me the importance of this inquiry and their wish to have the opportunity to tell their story and to have that story heard.

"It is really important for anyone else who believes they may have been a victim of abuse to come forward and report their story.

"I look forward to supporting the Inquiry as it moves to its next phase."

– Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Justice Goddard, the Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), confirmed that the first phase of the Inquiry will investigate failure to protect children in the care of Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils.

The Inquiry’s work will complement Nottinghamshire Police’s ongoing 'complex and challenging' criminal investigations into historic child abuse.

The Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire, Chris Eyre, has also welcomed today's announcement.

"Our victims need to be heard. I am confident that the Inquiry will allow them a voice without compromising the ongoing and extremely complex criminal investigations and criminal justice proceedings.

"The Inquiry will enable our partners to show the work they have done to review the care provided to children in the care system, demonstrate how they responded to changes in Government policy."

– Chris Eyre, Chief Constable, Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Police currently has two major investigations ongoing into historical abuse in care homes in the city and county. These investigations started in 2010 and so far 263 victims have reported offences.


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Police had feared for the worst after the 85-year-old went missing on Friday Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

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Officers had been fearing the worst as Sum Yung Cho – who is known by the nickname ‘Sam’ – has been out in freezing weather for the past two nights.

But in the last half an hour a spokesperson for Nottinghamshire Police has confirmed the 85-year-old has been found in the Forest Recreation Ground, and has been taken to hospital for a check up.

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