"The convictions are the result of several years hard work from an investigative team that
at times has contained more than 50 police officers.
The girls who became the victims were targeted because of their vulnerability and werethen systematically groomed in such a way that eventually they were able to be used forsexual gratification."
"I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the strength and character shown by
all of the victims who came and gave evidence and also thank their families for the supportthey have shown during what has been a truly horrible time."
"I would also like to thank my team of dedicated officers and staff who worked very hard to
bring these men to justice. A number of officers have worked on this investigation from thevery outset and it’s pleasing that their efforts have been rewarded with so many significantprison sentences."
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It will be another day of frequent sunny spells, brisk winds, and isolated showers.
Friday will remain cold in the breeze with a mixture of sunny spells and isolated showers.
Outbreaks of rain, sleet and some hill snow are forecast across the region through Saturday morning.