The CPS say the conviction of a Peterborough child sex gang who preyed on vulnerable girls - some as young as 12 - is one of the worst the service has seen.
The fact that eight individuals faced a total of 46 charges of sexual abuse, including some which carry maximum penalties of life imprisonment, demonstrates the extent and seriousness of the offending which was alleged against them.
This case is one of the worst cases of child sexual abuse we have seen. The defendants all denied organising and controlling the abuse of five girls who were aged between 12 and 13 years old.
– Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England Grace Ononiwu
One girl of 13 years who had learning difficulties, was particularly exploited, being forced to perform sexual acts with other males in exchange for money and threatening her if she refused. This is child sexual abuse at its worst, preying on the vulnerable for sexual gratification.