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New ‘Victim’s Law’ to help witnesses in sex trial cases is welcomed by Oxford and Abindon MP

The Oxford Times: Nicola Blackwood

12:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN OXFORD MP has welcomed changes to the court system that would have helped victims of the Oxford grooming gang give evidence.

BULLFINCH: ‘Hold them to account’

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Friday 12th September 2014

THOSE who failed the young victims of a grooming gang in Oxford deserve to be held to account when a serious case review is published, the city’s two MPs have warned.

American sounds ring out in garden

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

CHILDREN and adults danced to American music at a mini festival in an Oxford pub garden.

City is at the forefront of disease prevention

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

OXFORD is a world-leading centre of scientific research and has played a key role in research into new drug treatments. As health reporter OLIVER EVANS reports, the people of Oxfordshire, who volunteer to take part in studies,make a vital contribution

Man jailed after admitting sex assault on teenage girl

The Oxford Times: Mustafa Ahmed

6:30am Saturday 7th June 2014

A MAN has been jailed after he was found performing a sexual act over a sleeping pregnant teenage girl.

How could the police have failed another young girl?

The Oxford Times: Omid Ali

7:00am Friday 6th June 2014

POLICE are facing questions over why officers failed to prevent a teenager from being groomed and sexually abused at the height of the Operation Bullfinch investigation.

Latest trial part of a wider inquiry into sex grooming

The Oxford Times: Police prepare to go out on the Operation Bullfinch raids in 2012

9:00am Thursday 5th June 2014

THE Oxford Mail is able to reveal that both Zeeshan and Bilal Ahmed were defendants in the first Bullfinch trial held last year after winning a legal challenge yesterday.

Pair jailed and third awaits sentence for roles in abuse

The Oxford Times: Bilal Ahmed

9:00am Thursday 5th June 2014

TWO men who targeted a vulnerable teenager have become the latest defendants jailed as part of Operation Bullfinch.

Update: Operation Bullfinch: Bilal and Zeeshan Ahmed found guilty following sexual attack on a woman + Video & Audio

The Oxford Times: Bilal Ahmed

2:39pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

A MAN has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a pregnant teenager after a night out and has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Action on child abuse costs county £8m, conference told

The Oxford Times: Jim Leivers

8:30am Saturday 17th May 2014

MORE than £8m from Oxfordshire County Council has been spent so far in tackling child sexual exploitation, it emerged yesterday.

Experts to debate child sex exploitation at Oxford conference in wake of Bullfinch trial

The Oxford Times: The Kassam stadium home of Oxford United Aerial veiw

5:00am Thursday 15th May 2014

HUNDREDS of social workers are coming to the city to hear what lessons have been learned a year after members of Oxford’s child sex gang were convicted.

Sex grooming case criticism ‘shows strength of feeling’

The Oxford Times: Jim Leivers, Oxfordshire County Council’s director of children’s services

6:30am Tuesday 13th May 2014

COMMENTS attacking council bosses in the wake of the Oxford grooming scandal are used in a presentation being delivered across the country.

CPS retracts its untrue claim about the Oxford Mail

6:30am Tuesday 6th May 2014

THE Crown Prosecution Service twice made an untrue allegation about the Oxford Mail in court over its coverage of an Operation Bullfinch case.

Putting lessons learned from child sex scandal into action

The Oxford Times: Oxford area police commander Supt Christian Bunt

6:00am Monday 28th April 2014

PUBS and clubs have been recruited in the drive to tackle child sex grooming in Oxford.

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.

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