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Bullfinch: £3m and counting

The Oxford Times: Det Chief  Insp Joe Kidman

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE INVESTIGATION into child sex exploitation in Oxford cost more than £3m and is believed to be the biggest criminal inquiry in Thames Valley Police’s history.

Council had a 'parental duty' to send Bullfinch witness on a £244 break

The Oxford Times: Disaster banner bullfinch-banner-620x200_620x.jpg for the homepage

8:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

OXFORDSHIRE County Council has defended its decision to send a Bullfinch witness on holiday following the grooming trial.

Campaigning MP welcomes change to sexual abuse law

The Oxford Times: Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood

8:30am Wednesday 5th February 2014

OXFORD West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood has welcomed new legislation to tackle sex abusers.

MP urges vigilance a year after child grooming trial

The Oxford Times: OPINIONS: MPs Nicola Blackwood and Andrew Smith

6:00am Wednesday 15th January 2014

A YEAR after the start of the Oxford grooming gang trial, millions of pounds have been spent and many measures taken to improve child protection in the county.

Law proposed to help sex victims

6:30am Monday 30th December 2013

VULNERABLE sex crime victims could get better protection when questioned in court under plans drawn up following the Oxford grooming gang trial.

County Council releases report over Bullfinch work but more to be done

The Oxford Times: County children's services director Jim Leivers talks to Mail reporter Freddie Whittaker

9:00am Wednesday 27th November 2013

SEXUAL exploitation of children in Oxfordshire will not stop overnight, the man in charge of social services has warned.

Bullfinch report ahead

8:40am Monday 25th November 2013

COUNCILLORS will tomorrow hear a report on the county’s response to the Bullfinch trial and child sexual exploitation in Oxford.

New multi-agency centre aims to protect vulnerable girls in wake of Bullfinch case + Audio

The Oxford Times: County children's services director Jim Leivers talks to Mail reporter Freddie Whittaker

11:00am Wednesday 20th November 2013

A NEW centre to help protect vulnerable children is set to be opened next year in the wake of the Bullfinch inquiry.

Bullfinch detectives arrest wanted man

9:30am Tuesday 19th November 2013

A 35-year-old man was yesterday being questioned by detectives from the Operation Bullfinch team.

Man arrested by Bullfinch detectives after appeal in Oxford Mail

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

4:53pm Monday 18th November 2013

A 35-year-old has today been arrested by detectives from the Operation Bullfinch team.

MP welcomes latest moves to shield sex attack victims

1:00pm Saturday 19th October 2013

NEW court guidelines to help vulnerable sex victims have been heralded in Oxford as an “important step forward”.


The Oxford Times: Nicola Blackwood MP for Oxford West and Abingdon.

10:30am Thursday 10th October 2013

NEW police powers to tackle sex abusers have been announced by the Government after a campaign launched following the Bullfinch sex abuse investigation.

Exploitation unit to stay open as funding is promised

9:00am Thursday 10th October 2013

A specialist unit set up to tackle child sex exploitation in the city has been pledged further funding.

'Hunt for child sex abusers is far from over'

The Oxford Times: DCI Joe Kidman at St Aldate’s police station. Picture: OX62453 Jon Lewis

9:00am Monday 7th October 2013

THE hunt for child sex abusers in Oxford targeted by Operation Bullfinch is far from over, the detective leading the investigation has said.

Savile and Bullfinch creates a surge in rape crisis cases

The Oxford Times: Oxford Rape Crisis Centre manager Natalie Brook

10:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013

A RAPE crisis centre says it has a three-month waiting list to help abused women after the Jimmy Savile scandal led to a rise in calls.

Owner of child sex ring B&B blames layout of guest house for crimes

The Oxford Times: John Cronin outside the Nanford Guest House on the Iffley Road

1:00pm Saturday 28th September 2013

A GUEST house owner says a child sex ring exploited the layout of his Oxford hotel to abuse young girls in the bedrooms.

County council spent £14,000 on lawyers to monitor Bullfinch trial

9:30am Wednesday 25th September 2013

LAWYERS were paid more than £14,000 to monitor the Old Bailey grooming gang trial for Oxfordshire County Council.

Grooming victim’s mother slams policy on care homes

7:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013

A GROOMING gang victim’s mother has attacked a policy which saw her daughter sent to care homes outside the county in a bid to protect her from abuse.

Sex grooming public inquiry 'may be vital'

The Oxford Times: Oxford East MP Andrew Smith

1:00pm Tuesday 17th September 2013

AN OXFORD MP says a public inquiry will be needed if an investigation does not get to the bottom of failings that allowed girls to be abused by the Bullfinch gang.

Three men rebailed

9:30am Thursday 5th September 2013

OXFORD: Three men arrested following a raid on the Nanford Guest House on Iffley Road have been rebailed until October 21.

Man denies four child sex charges

9:30am Saturday 31st August 2013

A 23-year-old man has denied four counts of sexual activity with a child.

MP launches campaign to provide better protection for children

The Oxford Times: Nicola Blackwood

10:30am Tuesday 27th August 2013

AN OXFORD MP is today launching a campaign to better protect children from sex abusers following the Operation Bullfinch trial. Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West & Abingdon, is calling for changes in the law to tackle child sex exploitation under her Childhood Lost campaign.

Bullfinch gang victim cannot face witness box again

10:30am Thursday 15th August 2013

A VICTIM of the Bullfinch gang cannot face court again despite knowing the identity of more gang members and customers.

Better protection for child sex abuse victims in court

The Oxford Times: Baljit Ubhey, of the Crown Prosecution Service, talks to the media outside the Old Bailey after the Oxford men were sentenced in June

7:00am Thursday 8th August 2013

CHILD sex abuse victims are to be given greater protection in court under new proposals drawn up in the wake of Operation Bullfinch and other high-profile exploitation cases.

No Bullfinch charges

10:00am Tuesday 30th July 2013

GARSINGTON: A 36-year-old man arrested in March 2012 by police investigating a child sex exploitation ring was yesterday released without charge.

Child exploitation talks follow Oxford grooming case

7:10am Thursday 25th July 2013

A SUMMIT was held in London yesterday to look at how child sex exploitation can be tackled in the wake of Operation Bullfinch.

Charity plans sexual abuse lessons at primary schools

The Oxford Times: Melinda Tilley

7:00am Thursday 25th July 2013

THE NSPCC is bidding to bring child sexual exploitation lessons to Oxfordshire primary schools over fears that vital safety messages are being missed.

Group formed after Bullfinch trial holds child sex exploitation summit

10:57am Wednesday 24th July 2013

A GROUP of key players in the fight against child sex exploitation - formed after the conviction of the Oxford paedophile ring - will hold a summit today. 

Sameer Tasib cleared of rape in latest Bullfinch case

4:16pm Friday 19th July 2013

A 22-YEAR-old man has today been found not guilty of sexual assault and rape following a five-day trial at Reading Crown Court.

Training call to stop ‘aggressive’ defence

The Oxford Times: Training call to stop ‘aggressive’ defence

7:00am Tuesday 16th July 2013

JUSTICE Secretary Chris Grayling is looking into specialist training for defence barristers in trials like Bullfinch after lobbying by Nicola Blackwood.

Justice Secretary tells sex gang victim: Giving evidence will be made easier

The Oxford Times: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

9:30am Saturday 13th July 2013

JUSTICE Secretary Chris Grayling yesterday told one of the Bullfinch victims in person that he wanted to make giving evidence easier.

Name of man accused over rape is kept secret by court

10:30am Friday 12th July 2013

THE identity of a man accused of raping one of the Bullfinch trial victims and molesting another teenager is being kept secret by magistrates.

Bullfinch: Man appears in court on rape charge but magistrates order his identity kept secret

6:31pm Thursday 11th July 2013

MAGISTRATES have today ordered the identity of a man accused of raping one of the Bullfinch victims must be kept secret.

Police hold suspect in city child sex ring inquiry

7:00am Thursday 11th July 2013

A 26-YEAR-old man was arrested yesterday in connection with the Operation Bullfinch inquiry into child sexual exploitation.

Update: Man charged by Bullfinch police with sex crimes

10:55pm Wednesday 10th July 2013

A 26-YEAR-OLD man will appear before magistrates tomorrow accused of raping a teenage girl and sexually abusing another.

Maidenhead man arrested by Operation Bullfinch officers

10:48am Wednesday 10th July 2013

A 26-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested this morning by Operation Bullfinch officers investigating complaints two teenage girls were sexually assaulted.

£7 million plan to build four care homes in Oxfordshire following Bullfinch

The Oxford Times: MP Nicola Blackwood

9:00am Friday 5th July 2013

FOUR new care homes could be created in Oxfordshire to provide places for 20 vulnerable children and teenagers in the wake of the Bullfinch child abuse scandal.

PM: Give more support to those tackling child abuse

The Oxford Times: David Cameron

9:40am Saturday 29th June 2013

PRIME Minister David Cameron says efforts must be “redoubled” to support those fighting child abuse following the Bullfinch case.

National sermon on child grooming shunned as a stunt by many Muslims in Oxford

The Oxford Times: The seven members of the Oxford sex abuse gang are driven away from The Old Bailey to begin their sentences on Thursday as Det Chief Insp Simon Morton, left, leaves the court

9:30am Saturday 29th June 2013

SEVERAL Oxford mosques did not take part in yesterday’s simultaneous anti-grooming sermons held across the country.

‘Power over young girls was depraved’

The Oxford Times: A court artist’s sketch shows Judge Peter Rook reading out sentences to, from left, Kamar Jamil, Akhtar Dogar, Anjum Dogar, Assad Hussain Bassam Karrar, and Zeeshan Ahmed

9:10am Friday 28th June 2013

Judge Peter Rook condemned the seven Bullfinch defendants as he jailed them for terms totalling 95 years. Here is an edited version of his 7,600-word judgement

‘Truly evil’ gang sent to jail for sex crimes

The Oxford Times: Mohammed Karrar

9:00am Friday 28th June 2013

MEMBERS of a gang that abused young and vulnerable girls as part of a sadistic child prostitution ring will serve at least 95 years in jail.

Sex gang sentences get unanimous welcome

The Oxford Times: Senior Investigating Officer Simon Morton speaks after the sentencing at the Old Bailey

9:00am Friday 28th June 2013


Victims' families tell of trauma

The Oxford Times: REACTION: The media surrounds Baljit Ubhney, from the Crown Prosecution Service, as she makes a statement outside the Old Bailey after the seven men were sentenced yesterday

9:00am Friday 28th June 2013

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Live Sentencing: Day 2, Thursday, June 27

1:40pm Thursday 27th June 2013

Updates from the sentencing of seven men convicted for the rape and abuse of six girls in Oxford.

Bullfinch child sex gang get 95 year sentences - including five for life. Also audio of reaction to sentence

4:18pm Thursday 27th June 2013

SEVEN members of the Bullfinch gang that raped, prostituted and sexually abused young girls in Oxford have today been handed sentences totalling 95 years.

Bullfinch: NSPCC hails sentences that "finally send a strong message" to grooming gangs

7:46pm Thursday 27th June 2013

THE 95-year jail terms handed down today "finally" send a strong message to predatory paedophile gangs, the NSPCC said.

Bullfinch: Girl 1's family: We were a happy family - we never thought this could happen

5:16pm Thursday 27th June 2013

THE family of one of the girls raped by the Bullfinch gang have said today parents everywhere should be vigilant against the danger of grooming.

Bullfinch: Muslim leader condemns guilty men

5:08pm Thursday 27th June 2013

A SENIOR Muslim leader has condemned the Bullfinch rapists and said they could not claim to be followers of Islam.

Police minister Damian Green pays tribute to Bullfinch victims as he promises to work harder to tackle other gangs

5:01pm Thursday 27th June 2013

POLICING and criminal justice minister Damian Green has today paid tribute to the Bullfinch victims as their attackers were jailed for 95 years.

Bullfinch: Video: The police interviews

12:47pm Wednesday 15th May 2013

Videos of the police interviews of six of the Bullfinch defendants

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