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The NSPCC has released a statement following the murder of Liam Fee and the sentencing of those responsible.
“Those responsible for Liam’s brutal murder have quite rightly received long jail terms. It is incomprehensible how two people who were meant to look after the children in their care could subject them to such appalling abuse.
“They chose to murder a defenceless child in the most horrific way, abuse other children and shamefully attempted to shift the blame for Liam’s death on to another child.
“Details of the horrendous abuse this couple inflicted on Liam and the other children were shocking to hear and the sentences passed today reflect the brutality of their crimes.
“Fife Child Protection Committee has already begun a Significant Case Review into this case and it is vital that the investigation is carried out thoroughly so action can be taken to prevent other children from suffering as Liam did before his murder, his short life scarred by neglect, abuse and violence.
“The two boys who survived the abuse will need support, stability and love to help them come to terms with their experiences and begin to recover.”
The NSPCC has described the murder of Liam Fee as brutal and appalling.
Nyomi and Rachel Fee, originally of Ryton, Gateshead, were sentenced to 24 and 23.5 years respectively for the murder and ill-treatment of two-year-old Liam Fee.
The sentences are reported to be the longest ever sentences handed to women in Scotland.
Liam's mum Rachel Fee must serve a minimum 23-and-a-half-years. Her partner Nyomi Fee was told she must serve at least 24 years.Read the full story ›
Three men have been arrested after a disturbance in a South Shields street.
Police were called to Belloc Avenue at around 11.15pm on Monday and found that a number of houses and vehicles in the area had been damaged during the disturbance.
Three men were arrested on offences including affray and assault.
Anyone with information can contact officers on 101 quoting reference 1149 04/07/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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