Girl B set to sue council over negligence claims
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.”