Girl B set to sue coun­cil over neg­li­gence claims

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ONE of the vic­tims who was groomed by an Ayles­bury gang of six men has said le­gal ac­tion against Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil will be taken.

Af­ter the men were jailed at The Old Bai­ley in Lon­don on Mon­day, Alan Collins from law firm Hugh James, who rep­re­sented one of the vic­tims known as Girl B through the trial, an­nounced they will be su­ing the coun­cil.

He said: “It is with­out doubt that if so­cial ser­vices had done more to pro­tect the vic­tims and spot­ted the cru­cial signs that some­thing was wrong, we would not be here to­day. How­ever, the sen­tenc­ing of these in­di­vid­u­als does not make up for the fail­ings.

“As a con­se­quence, we will now be tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil for their neg­li­gence in this case which re­sulted in the un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing of these vic­tims.”

A Bucks County Coun­cil spokesman said: “As this is an on­go­ing le­gal mat­ter we are un­able to pro­vide any com­ment.”

The jury found the gang guilty of a range of of­fences against the girls who were groomed with gifts, food and drugs.

In re­sponse to the sen­tence, Di­rec­tor or Child Ser­vices David John­ston said: “To­day’s sen­tenc­ing is a good re­sult for the two vic­tims who, we hope, will feel some com­fort that jus­tice has been served.

“They and their fam­i­lies can now start to move on with their lives and we will con­tinue to sup­port them to do this.

“We are de­ter­mined to do ev­ery­thing we can to stamp out all forms of sex­ual abuse in Buck­ing­hamshire and I praise the courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the two vic­tims in this case for com­ing for­ward and re­liv­ing the abuse they were sub­ject to over so many years.”

He added: “I hope that this case and our com­mit­ment to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing will give other young peo­ple in Buck­ing­hamshire who have or may cur­rently be suf­fer­ing abuse the con­fi­dence to come for­ward and speak to some­one. We will lis­ten and we will help you.

“My mes­sage to any­one who has, is or is think­ing of com­mit­ting these hor­rific crimes, is that we will use ev­ery­thing in our power to pre­vent this ex­ploita­tion and pro­tect our chil­dren and young peo­ple in Buck­ing­hamshire.”

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