Bullfinch victims help police with training video

The Oxford Times: Bullfinch victims have contributed to a Thames Valley Police training video Bullfinch victims have contributed to a Thames Valley Police training video

VICTIMS in the Bullfinch trial have told their stories for a training video to be used by police.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton on Friday briefed members of a police panel on steps the force had taken to tackle child sex exploitation in the Thames Valley.

It comes after the force’s Operation Bullfinch saw seven men jailed for 95 years last year for grooming and abusing six young girls in Oxford between 2004 and 2012.

Ms Thornton was due to brief the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel and Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld from 11am on Friday.

A report ahead of the meeting read: “A training video featuring input from victims in the Operation Bullfinch case has been produced for internal use.

“This is a very powerful briefing tool which took great courage on behalf of those who participated in telling their stories.”

The meeting, which took place in Slough, also heard there were 19 ongoing investigations into possible child sex exploitation across the region.

The panel heard the force had held two conferences to share lessons learned from the case – one this month on January 7 and another in October.

An external conference is planned this autumn.

Thames Valley Police is close to completing its internal review into the Operation Bullfinch case and any findings will form part of the serious case review led by child protection lawyer David Spicer, which is expected to be finished later this year.

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