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Who to call if you've been affected by sex exploitation

If you have been affected by the child exploitation issued raised in these trials, the following charities are on hand to offer help and support.

Follow the blue links to their websites:

  • Action for Children - works directly with over 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers in the UK, tackling issues like abuse and child neglect

  • Barnardo's - the UK's largest children's charity, with a strong focus on preventing domestic violence

  • Kids Company - a Bristol-based charity helping the city's marginalised children and young people with all aspects of their lives

  • Lucy Faithfull Foundation - the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused

  • NAPAC - the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, set up as a result of a key recommendation by the National Commission of Inquiry into the Prevention of Child Abuse. The Association runs a support line for adults who have suffered any type of abuse in childhood

  • NSPCC - the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a leading UK charity which aims to end all forms of child abuse

  • Refuge - an anti-domestic violence charity for women and children, which operates a 24-hour helpline


Bristol City reveals Ashton Gate's new look

The new West Stand at Ashton Gate Credit: Bristol Sport

Bristol City has unveiled artists impressions of how the redeveloped Ashton Gate stadium will look.

Earlier this month they revealed the project is on schedule and should be ready in time for next season.

More images will be on display at a supporter consultation meeting at the stadium next Thursday 4 December.

The new South Stand at Ashton Gate Credit: Bristol Sport

Somali community on child exploitation convictions

The Somali community has issued a statement following the conviction of 13 Somali men for child sexual exploitation offences

The community is deeply shocked and shaken by the outcome of this case. They are unforgivable acts of cruelty against the most vulnerable members of our community. Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims and their families whomust be experiencing extreme trauma and pain.

The Muslim communities in Bristol would like to make it absolutely clear we wholeheartedly condemn these dreadful evil acts. It is right and appropriate that those responsible, and found guilty through our judiciary process, are punished to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of who they are.

The grooming of children, and child abuse are crimes, which impact on all sections of our society, irrespective of class, colour, faith or race. It is therefore everyone’s duty to ensure we protect the most vulnerable members of our community and work with the appropriate authorities to identify anyone at risk of falling victim to these appalling crimes.

– Bristol Somali Forum

Bath brought to a standstill on one of its busiest days

The lorry got stuck on the bend of Milsom Street Credit: Lizzie Heffer

An articulated lorry has become stuck in the centre of Bath.

The huge vehicle was unable to turn a corner at the bottom of Milsom Street causing long delays and traffic jams on the surrounding roads.

It comes on one of Bath's busiest days as the annual Christmas Market gets underway in the city centre.

The lorry has now been moved onto a side street where it remains stranded.

It's a busy day in Bath - let alone with stuck lorries Credit: Lizzie Heffer
Traffic backing up Milsom Street behind the lorry Credit: Lizzie Heffer
The lorry was moved to Quiet Street but remained stranded Credit: Lizzie Heffer


Burgess could make Bath debut tomorrow night

Bath rugby have named new signing Sam Burgess among the replacements for this Friday's match with Harlequins at the Rec.

Burgess could make his first appearance in competitive rugby union Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 25 year old arrived at the club a month ago but only recently returned to training having fractured a cheekbone in his final rugby league game in Australia.

See the full press release from Bath Rugby.

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Vulnerable girls as young as 13 'passed around' Bristol sex ring

Victims as young as 13 were preyed upon, sexually abused and passed around the men's friends for money as part of a sex ring orchestrated by 13 Somali men in Bristol.

Several of the girls were groomed to the extent they believed abuse was part of loving relationships they were having with the defendants.

Some were persuaded to have sex with their 'boyfriend's' friends as it was Somali "culture and tradition" and "men always have sex with each other's girlfriends".

The victims, described as "vulnerable" due to their age and circumstances, were paid as little as £30 or given drugs, alcohol and gifts to perform sex acts on older men.

The men were found guilty at Bristol Crown Court. Credit: PA

Avon and Somerset Police uncovered a two-year catalogue of abuse against 10 girls during their investigation into the Somali men, codenamed Operation Brooke. A total of 14 were convicted of charges including rape, sexual activity with a child, facilitating child prostitution, trafficking, paying for the sexual services of a child and drug offences.

Eight of the defendants were jailed for between 18 months and 13 years this summer. The remaining seven, convicted by a jury yesterday following 32 hours and 17 minutes of deliberations, will be sentenced at the court tomorrow.

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Abuse ring exploited teenage girl social workers left living alone

Defendants in the Bristol abuse ring were tried in two separate trials at Bristol Crown Court this year.

The first trial centred on a group of Somali drug dealers in Bristol and their exploitation of primarily one teenage girl.

She had been moved into a flat on her own in Bristol and left almost unsupervised by social workers from outside the city.

Liban Abdi, 21, Mustapha Farah, 21, Arafat Osman, 20, Idleh Osman, 22, Abdulahi Aden, 20, Said Zakaria, 22, Mustafa Deria, 22, and Mohamed Jama, 20, were all jailed for between 18 months and 13 years for either child sexual exploitation or drugs offences.

The second trial focused on another group of young Somali men - but included Zakaria, whose nickname was 'Target' - and their grooming and subsequent sexual abuse of young girls in Bristol.

Mohamed Jumale, 24, Mohamed Dahir, 22, Zakaria, Jusuf Abdizirak, 20, Omar Jumale, 20, Abdirashid Abdulahi, 21 and Sakariah Sheik, 21, were all convicted of child sexual exploitation offences. They will be sentenced tomorrow.

The shocking case can only be reported now after restrictions placed upon the media were lifted at the conclusion of the second trial.

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