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'Hundreds of children were at risk of abuse' in Oxfordshire

A report released today is expected to disclose that hundreds of children were at risk of sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire over 15 years.

Seven men were convicted over an Oxford paedophile ring in 2013. Credit: ITV News

The serious case review is understood to have found that more than 300 young people may have suffered grooming and abuse or were at risk of becoming victims between 1999 and 2014.

Oxfordshire County Council and Thames Valley Police are also likely to come in for criticism in the report over a paedophile ring that targeted vulnerable girls, reports claim.

Seven members of the gang were convicted in a trial in 2013 for a catalogue of offences including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution of children.

Five of them were jailed for life following the trial, the shocking details of which prompted Judge Peter Rook to say "police and social services missed tell-tale signs" the abuse was taking place.

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.


'I wouldn't be a very good Prime Minister', says Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage's family wishes he'd stayed out of politics Credit: PA Wire

Nigel Farage believes that he wouldn't be very good at being prime minister and thinks his family would rather he had not gone into politics.

Speaking to Kate Garraway for ITV's Good Morning Britain, the UKIP leader also revealed politics had caused problems in his first marriage but that he did not regret anything he had done.

Farage was interviewed as part of a series of Good Morning Britain features in which the presenters meet the leaders of each of the main political parties ahead of the May General Election. His choice of venue - the white cliffs of Dover - was symbolic of his beliefs, he said.

He said: “I want to be friendly with our neighbours and if you live in a street, it’s good to get on with the neighbours and I want to get on with the neighbours but I don't want to be absorbed by them.”

I don’t think that’s my role in life, I don’t think I’d be very good at it either.”

– Nigel Farage on being prime minister

When questioned about his personal life, Farage admitted: "I mean to be honest with you, I think my whole family would rather I had never gone into politics."

US Army chief 'very concerned' about UK defence cuts

The head of the US Army has said he is "very concerned" about the impact of cuts on Britain's military capability.

Raymond Odierno said he was 'very concerned' at Britain's falling spending on defence as a proportion of national wealth. Credit: Reuters

In an interview with the Telegraph, Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno said the falling proportion of UK GDP committed to the military could mean British units eventually have to operate within US ranks rather than alongside them.

"We have to adjust our programme to make sure we are all able to see that we can still work together," he warned.

"As we look at threats around the world, these are global issues and we need to have multinational solutions.

"They are concerning to everyone. We all need to be able to invest and work together to solve these problems."

The warning came after former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox said he and fellow Tory MPs would find it "hard to swallow" should Britain not commit to Nato's 2% target on defence spending beyond 2016 while maintaining a 0.7% spend on aid.


Farage hints another Tory MP could defect to Ukip

Nigel Farage has hinted there is still a chance that another Conservative MP could defect to Ukip before the General Election.

Asked in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph (£) whether he was in discussions with any Tory MPs, Farage said: "The last time I spoke about this I said I would be surprised if there were not more.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

"There is one conversation we are still having. But do you know what - it is not very relevant now. Last year it was a big deal."

Unlike Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless - who both triggered and won by-elections - a Tory jumping ship now would be likely to hold on to their seat until the General Election in May.

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