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Up to 1K children abused UK's 'worst ever' scandal

Up to 1K children abused UK's 'worst ever' scandal

Similar child sex abuse was also exposed in Rochdale and Rotherham. In one case, a mother took a list of people she believed to be abusing her daughter to the authorities, only for her complaints to fall on deaf ears, it has been reported.

Telford's Conservative MP, Lucy Allan, has previously called for a Rotherham-style inquiry into the allegations and called the latest reports "extremely serious and shocking".

The council has asked the national Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse "to bring this review forward to Telford". It also said authorities treated the children simply as prostitutes and therefore criminals.

'Now of course we know that victims of sexual abuse are sometimes themselves used by their abusers to lure in more victims'. The Mirror found out that two pedophiles started "targeting girls at a local children's home in 1981". This appears to have been the starting point for years of systemic abuse, according to the investigation, which was backed up by documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Seven men were jailed in 2013 after Operation Chalice, a police inquiry into child...

An 18-year-old Asian man groomed a 14-year-old girl in 1985.

Holly said that she only managed to escape the abuse by leaving Telford, where she had grown up - cutting herself away from all her friends and family.

Mr Lowe, 73, told how police received a call from an untraceable pay-as-you-go handset last week warning that the bereaved father needed to "be careful" - as it emerged Lucy and another local potential grooming victim who died in her teens, 13-year-old Rebecca Watson, had displayed classic signs of being abused in the run up to their deaths.

A mum and four girls linked to the abuse have died.

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In 2000, 16-year-old Lucy Lowe was murdered along with her mother and 17-year-old sister. She was 16 years old.

Azhar Ali Mehmood, a taxi driver in Telford and the father or her children, was jailed for life in 2001 for setting fire to their home.

Rebecca Watson was 13 when she died in March 2002 after falling from the bonnet of a vehicle near her youth club, in what driver Ahmed Nawaz claimed was a "prank" which went tragically wrong. At the time, it was described as a prank gone wrong. Investigations carried out by the Mirror found out that Watson had suffered two years of abuse at the hands of an Asian child-sex gang.

'She began truanting. I tried my best to get her to school but I couldn't forcibly drag her there'. She even gave birth to his child when she was 14. I can't bear to think she was being groomed and wasn't able to ask for help'.

"Personally I am not shocked at the scale of the abuse because I saw it with my own eyes and how many girls there were at the same time as me".

"I was told that if I said a word to anyone they'd come for my little sisters and tell my mum I was a prostitute".

A spokesperson for Telford and Wrekin council told the paper: "Child sexual exploitation is a vile, evil crime". It's an issue right across the United Kingdom and has been for a long time.

James O'Brien was shocked after hearing how hard it is for the police to catch a child exploitation gang, following a Sunday Mirror investigation uncovers child-grooming in Telford. We welcome this. All agencies continue to work very closely together and this remains our top priority. "Indeed, further cases are now coming to court".