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Birmingham sets the bar high in sexual exploitation case

21 November 2014

This week saw six men banned from contact with young girls after Birmingham City Council persuaded the High Court to use its inherent jurisdiction to grant long term injunctions. These barred each man, not only from approaching a particular girl until she turned 18, but also any female under 18 with whom they were not personally associated. Controversially, the men were not granted anonymity, although an order was made protecting the identity of the girl for the rest of her life.

A transcript of the hearing is not widely available, but we can confidently assume that the court was only persuaded to make such an innovative order on the basis of a significant amount of coherent evidence.

Such orders will not be easy to obtain in the future, particularly because of the potential risks faced by the subjects of the injunctions, but you can bet your bottom dollar that a failure to apply for such injunctions will be used to criticise local authorities in the future.

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