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:
Today is a great day for the victims. At last they have seen justice.Tonight, when the girls go home, they can go home in confidence, knowing that these men that have caused them so much pain are behind bars.
But, more than that, this shows every victim in the country that justice can work and it can work for them.
And I put a plea out to them - if you have suffered in the same way that our girls have suffered, please come forward and tell your story, we can help.
There is another message here and the message is this - if you even think about carrying out or committing the sort of sexual atrocities that we have seen in this case then think again.
Look over your shoulder and keep looking over your shoulder.
We know how you think, we know how you work, be under no doubt, no doubt, we are coming for you.
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 abuse these girls were subjected to was truly appalling. Today’s sentences reflect the seriousness of the offences, and the young age and vulnerability of the victims when the offences were committed.
This is an important point for other victims out there, who may think that they won’t be believed because they too seemingly ‘agreed’ to sexual activity. The background and context of such sexual activity is of crucial importance and victims who are forced to succumb to it by the use of such tactics do not, in the eyes of the law, consent to it. Their freedom to make a choice has been cruelly taken away from them.
This case shows our approach is working, and I urge any victims of sexual offences to come forward and report their abuse to the appropriate authorities. We and the police will listen and support you.
– Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern