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Urgent Action Needed to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation

A nationwide Inquiry by the Office of the Children's Commissioner has found that 2,409 children and young people were confirmed victims of child sexual exploitation in gangs or groups in the 14 month period from August 2010 to October 2011.

The Inquiry also identified that between April 2010 and March 2011 there were 16,500 children in England who were at high risk of child sexual exploitation. This is the equivalent of twenty medium-sized secondary schools.

"I thought I was the only one. The only one in the world", the report of the first year's findings of a two year Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups, publishes the most comprehensive investigation to date of the scale, scope and prevalence of child sexual exploitation in these contexts in England.

The conclusions are drawn from extensive evidence submitted by the Government, police, local authorities, health services, voluntary sector agencies and children and young people themselves.

The Office of the Children's Commissioner has called for urgent action to protect vulnerable children from all forms of sexual exploitation.

For further information on defending against criminal allegations of sexual offences please contact our solicitors Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan.

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Essex Man Receives Suspended Sentence for Money Laundering

An Essex man last week received a 12 months sentence, suspended for two years, at Basildon Crown Court, after he pleaded guilty to laundering over £400,000 from the illegal online sale of anabolic steroids and prescription only medicines.

He was also given 300 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £10,000 costs over a period of 12 months.

The sentence followed an investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This discovered that the 31-year-old had set up payment facilities and converted the money he received from the illegal sale of these internet medicines through his own bank account.

During the course of the investigation, more than 26,000 tablets of prescription only medicine, anabolic steroids and human growth hormone were seized. MHRA officers also found and seized laboratory equipment and paraphernalia connected with the home manufacture of anabolic steroids.

Three other men have already been sentenced for their involvement in the operation.

To arrange a consultation with our leading money laundering advice solicitors in London please contact Jeffrey Lewis / Siobhain Egan.

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Firearms Expert Laura Saunsbury Blogs about SAS Soldier's Incarceration

Our resident firearms expert, Laura Saunsbury, has written a blog post discussing the recent imprisonment of Sgt Danny Nightingale, a topic widely reported in the news. Read the full blog here.

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New Addition to Lewis Nedas Team

Lewis Nedas Law are delighted to welcome Janak Bakrania as our latest asset to our highly regarded Property and Probate departments.

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CEOP Launches International Child Protection Certificate

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has recently launched the 'International Child Protection Certificate' (ICPC), to help protect children against travelling sex offenders.

Similar to the UK's CRB system, the ICPC is a police check on UK nationals who are travelling and working overseas. It is intended to help identify and screen out those who have previous convictions that make them unsuitable to be working with children.

The ICPC will allow international schools and other organisations who work directly with children abroad to be able to access the criminal conviction history of UK citizens and those who have resided in the UK for any period of time.

This will enable overseas schools and other organisations to assess an applicant's suitability to be working with children. The ICPC can also be requested for those UK nationals already in paid or voluntary employment in other countries, including the estimated 74,000+ UK teachers who currently work in international schools around the world.

A CEOP analysis of offender management cases undertaken in 2011 found that one in five were associated with roles that involved access to children. Teaching and schools-related positions were the most represented occupations or voluntary roles associated with cases of offending overseas.

Since 2006, CEOP has undertaken over 1,200 investigations into travelling UK sex offenders.

Contact Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan of Lewis Nedas for advice on how our criminal defence lawyers can help you defend against allegations of sexual offences.

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