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Hall sentence to be reviewed

The Attorney General's office is to review Stuart Hall's sentence after the broadcaster was jailed for 15 months at Preston Crown Court for 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine. Labour said the sentence was 'unduly lenient'.

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NSPCC against anonymity for sex abuse suspects

The NSPCC has said that it is against sex abuse suspects being given anonymity.

Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline, said:

When a suspect is named in the public interest - for example when there is a child protection issue -it gives more victims an opportunity to come forward, which helps police build a stronger criminal case.

The Savile investigation revealed there were hundreds of people he had abused over half a century. Many may have felt theirs was an isolated case but could have been encouraged to speak out earlier if they had known the full extent of his crimes.

If a suspect's name is not known, the case against them may collapse through lack of witnesses, so potentially putting children at risk of harm.

– Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline

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