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Public officials could face jail for neglecting abuse victims

Councillors and senior public officials could go to prison for up to five years if they fail to protect children from sexual exploitation, under new plans being considered by the government.

Up to 1,400 children are believed to have been subjected to sexual exploitation in Rotherham. Credit: PA

Under the proposals, being considered by David Cameron and currently subject to consultation, the crime of "wilful neglect" will be extended to cover children's social care and education.

Individuals and organisations found to have let children down could also face unlimited fines if the plans are passed into law.

The measures have been announced as the Prime Minister chairs a child protection summit of police officials and local authorities at Downing Street after a series of damning reports detailed the sexual exploitation of up to 1,4000 children over many years in Rotherham.

Child sex abuse has been has been prioritised as a "national threat", putting it on a par with serious and organised crime and meaning police forces, chief constables and police and crime commissioners have a duty to collaborate with each other across boundaries to safeguard children.

The measures come as a serious case review into on child sexual exploitation in Oxford is expected to show opportunities were missed to prevent the abuse.

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Clashes on final day of UKIP conference

UKIP's annual conference ended in Margate today with the Party claiming it was more united than ever. Outside the venue there were scuffles between anti-UKIP protesters and competing protesters from the far right. There were no injuries but police say a woman was arrested on suspicion of common assault. The march though was largely peaceful and attracted about 250 people. We hear from UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Transport spokeswoman Jill Seymour.

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Polls predict mixed fortunes for UKIP as the party heads to Kent

One poll says UKIP look certain to win a Kent seat at the General Election - good news for their candidate and party leader Nigel Farage.

But the party faithful, heading down to Margate, probably didn't like the other poll: the ITV Comres survey found that many people found the party unprofessional, not credible, and racist.

Here are the figures that show they're on target to win South Thanet.

UKIP are on thirty nine per cent

Labour eleven per cent behind them 28%

With the Tories just behind them. 27%

Our political correspondent Phil Hornby, has spent the day with UKIP as they start their spring conference.

Six hour stalemate over spending in Brighton and Hove

Councillors in Brighton and Hove have failed to set a budget, despite a six hour meeting last night. The ruling Greens wanted to increase council tax by almost 6% - the biggest rise in the country.

But Labour and the Tories voted against them. There'll be another meeting on Tuesday 3rd March.

ITV Meridian spoke to the Green Party's Cllr Jason Kitcat, Brighton & Hove City Council.

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