Four men - who were members of an Oxford street grooming gang - have been told by the Court of Appeal today that they will have to serve their life sentences.
The men had tried to get their jail terms reduced - despite the part they played in a paedophile gang. They, and three others, had targetted underage, vulnerable girls - plied them with drink and drugs - and then abused them.
Their crimes were carried out under the noses of the authorities. Kamar Jamil, Bassam Karrar and brothers Akhtar and Anjum Dogar said their sentences- life with a minimum of 12, 15, 17 and 17 years served, were excessive.
But today, their appeal was emphatically rejected, in a hearing lasting just two minutes. Child protection agencies say it's a victory for justice. Cary Johnston reports.
The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal to reduce the sentences of four members of an Oxford based paedophile ring.
The four men were jailed for life as part of Operation Bullfinch, which targetted a gang who plied girls with drink and drugs before assaulting them.
David Cameron has promised more action to clamp down on child abuse. He says that a big change in culture is needed.
Main points from press conference after Serious Case Review. Maggie Blyth, Independent Chair of Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board, addressed the press this morning.
Jim Leivers, Director of Children's Services with Oxfordshire County Council, says anyone reading the Serious Case Review will have an overwhelming sense of shock.
A serious case review has found that more than 300 young people in Oxfordshire have been victims of child sexual exploitation over the last 15 years. The review has criticised police and social services.
Since Operation Bullfinch began, the community around Cowley Road in Oxford has been rebuilding its reputation as a multi-cultural street. Penny Silvester reports.
Officers from Thames Valley Police are constantly looking for signs of criminal gangs, grooming young girls for sex. They target places where teenagers congregate. Kate Bunkall reports on the ongoing Operation Bullfinch.
Faith leaders representing the diversity of religious traditions in Oxford (under the aegis of the Oxford Council of Faiths) and civic and community leaders have come together to offer a joint statement following the publication of the Serious Case Review findings.
The hotel where the findings will be announced. A serious case review is expected to find that, over the last 15 years, more than 300 young people in Oxfordshire have been victims of child sexual exploitation.