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

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Men jailed for sex offences

Seven men have been convicted of a wide variety of sexual offences following a large scale investigation into child exploitation in Shropshire. They were sentenced to a combined total of almost 50 years in prison.