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No independent inquiry into Telford abuse scandal, says Home Office

There will not be an independent inquiry into the Telford abuse scandal. Credit: ITV News Central

The Home Office will not be launching a separate inquiry into the Telford abuse scandal.

A Sunday newspaper estimates up to 1,000 children were victims of child sexual exploitation over the last four decades in Telford - with some of those abused as young as 11-years-old.

Today the Home Office have said there will not be a separate inquiry into the Telford abuse scandal because there is already a national investigation.

The Government launched the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to get to the truth, expose what has gone wrong and learn lessons for the future.

This includes institutional responses to child sexual exploitation by organised networks, such as those in Telford.

– The Home Office

The Home Office added that what has happened in Telford is a 'truly terrible case' of exploitation.

They have also increased resources to the National Crime Agency and invested £7.5 million in a Centre of Expertise.

This was a truly terrible case of some of the most vulnerable in our society being preyed upon by ruthless criminals.

This Government is working to tackle child sexual exploitation, declaring it a national threat and making significant investment to bring perpetrators to protect children, support victims, and bring perpetrators to justice.

We have strengthened law enforcement capacity and capability and have provided extra investment through the Police Transformation Fund to the police response.

This includes a significant increase in resources to the NCA as well as £7.5m for a ground-breaking Centre of Expertise to produce evidence of what works to prevent and tackle child sexual abuse and exploitation.

– The Home Office

West Mercia Police, Children's Services, Health leaders and to the Local Government Association have also said they are 'determined' to tackle the problem.