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Review into how boy was groomed online by dozens of men makes 'difficult reading' according to crime commissioner

Review into how boy was groomed online by dozens of men makes 'difficult reading' according to crime commissioner
Review into how boy was groomed online by dozens of men makes 'difficult reading' according to crime commissioner


Review into how boy was groomed online by dozens of men makes 'difficult reading' according to crime commissioner


A REVIEW into how a vulnerable teenage boy was groomed by online predators makes for "difficult reading" according to the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Mark Burns-Williamson was referring to the serious case review on Jack, which was published on Wednesday, and he said the "tragic situation" must never happen again.

The 76 page report found that the boy had been exposed to sexual exploitation from 2010 to 2015 by men from around the country. It highlighted several failing by both the police force and children's social services, saying early police investigations were poorly resourced and chances to prevent abuse were missed.


It called for a national plan of action to look at how young people can be better protected from online grooming.

Representatives from West Yorkshire Police and Bradford Council apologised for the failings after the report was published on Wednesday.

Eventually a police operation led to 20 men from across the country being convicted over his abuse, given prison sentences amounting to over 34 years in total.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “The Serious Case Review makes difficult reading and I want to apologise to the victim and his family for what has been a harrowing few years for them.

“I met with Jack’s family in 2013 when they felt they had nowhere to turn which then led to Operation Oakberry being created and the subsequent investigation that has led to perpetrators being brought to justice.







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