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Council seek support in tackling sexual exploitation

Telford and Wrekin Council have written to the home secretary Amber Rudd asking for support in tackling the sexual exploitation of children in the town.

Home office figures show the town has the highest rate of recorded child sex crimes in the country.

The letter, which was also signed by the local police and crime commissioner, comes after Telford MP Lucy Allen spoke of her concern about the problem to Theresa May during PMQs in the House of Commons last week.

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Weekend Picks: Carnival of Giants

Carnival of Giants: Sat 16th July (Telford Town Park, Telford)

A GIANT parade will take place from 2pm Credit: Telford & Wrekin Council

This Saturday Telford Town Park will come alive with prehistoric dinosaurs as they take over the QEII Arena for the Carnival of Giants event.

A GIANT parade will take place from 2pm featuring 500 people, dino paraphernalia and unique dinosaurs.

The community stage spot will be host to local dance, music and performances. There will also be a dressing up box, a craft marquee, sports, activities, food stalls, a large fun fair, and carnival games.

The interest in Carnival of Giants has been phenomenal and it’s easy to see why.

There is so much to do for all the family and everyone is sure to be amazed by the spectacular dinosaurs”.

– Councillor Liz Clare, Cabinet Member for Culture

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Council statement on sex offenders' sentences

"This has been an extremely sensitive and complex investigation which has affected a lot of families in our community. It has been extremely difficult for the victims who were all vulnerable young women.

We are pleased that the judicial process has resulted in a number of convictions and consequent jail sentences. We have been clear from the start that this is purely about criminal behaviour by a few individuals.

There is also a positive story to tell from a partnership working standpoint.

Telford & Wrekin Council, West Mercia Police and the NHS have worked extremely closely during the past three years.

It is a testament to that close work that we are now at the point that cases have been concluded and the main perpetrators are all behind bars.

The council will continue to provide support to the victims where it is appropriate for us to do so."

– Laura Johnston, Telford & Wrekin Council