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Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Simon Morton, who was praised by the judge for his work on the abuse ring case in Oxford, has reassured victims of abuse that they will be helped by police and warned offenders:
" We know how you think, we know how you work, be under no doubt, no doubt, we are coming for you."
Outside court he said:
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has promised that victims of abuse will be supported by the agency and police in future after seven men were sentenced for the abuse of girls as young as 11 in Oxford.
The NSPCC says that the authorities in Oxfordshire did not take action soon enough to stop the abuse of young vulenerable women in care.
Peter Wanless, the NSPCC CEO said: "“Whilst we recognise the authorities in Oxford did eventually take effective and coordinated action, this took far too long".
"There was a systematic failure to stop the gang earlier and protect the girls who raised the alarm on several occasions".
"The trial revealed that staff knew one of the girls was being sexually groomed yet no immediate action was taken".
" We need a fundamental shift in how the system treats vulnerable young people with all carers acting as good parents would when children are at risk".
“The positive development from all of this is that professionals are now treating the girls as victims and not delinquent children".
Zeeshan Ahmed has been sentenced to seven years for his part in a child exploitation ring in Oxford.
A judge at the Old Bailey has sentenced Assad Hussain to seven years imprisonment for his role in a child exploitation ring in Oxford.
Kamar Jamil has been sentenced to twelve years in prison for his part in a major paedophile ring in Oxford.
Mohammed Karrar sentenced to life in prison for his role in a paedophile ring in Oxford. He will serve a minimum of 20 years.
Bassam Karrar will spend a minumum of the next 15 years in prison, as he serves a life sentence for his part in a child exploitation ring in Oxford.
The judge said he had committed "two counts of truly exceptional depravity".
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Police and social services missed chances to stop the gang, who were today sentenced to between 7 years and life in prison.