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Cannock Chase paedophile ring claims: No charges over woman's allegations of child abuse

By Carl Jackson | Walsall | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

An investigation into claims that a woman was sexually abused by a paedophile ring operating on Cannock Chase in the 1980s and 90s will not result in any charges, it was revealed this afternoon.

Esther Baker

Esther Baker waived her right to anonymity in 2015 claiming she was systematically assaulted as a child at the beauty spot while police stood and watched - alleging one of the perpetrators was a politician.

The woman, in her 30s who was growing up in Lichfield at the time and later went to school in Walsall, also told the Express & Star the abuse was filmed and committed by men from all over the country.

Staffordshire Police launched a 'thorough and sensitive' investigation into the claims and were in a position last year to send a file of evidence to specialist lawyers at the Crown Prosecution Service.

Three people were interviewed under caution while one was arrested.

But now the force has stated there is 'insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction of any suspect in this case', confirming the man who was arrested has been released from bail.

Superintendent Amanda Davies said: "It was vital we gave the victim the time, space and support she needed to disclose the information.

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"Over 100 hours of interviews were conducted by specially trained officers, and throughout the investigation we have kept her informed and continued to provide support.

"In this case Esther made the difficult decision to waive her right to anonymity and we will continue to support her, as we would with all victims of crime.

"We want to take this opportunity to reassure other potential victims that their identity is protected by law.

"Supporting victims remains our absolute priority, rest assured you can contact us confident that you will be listened to and we will provide the support you need."

Carl Jackson

By Carl Jackson
Reporter - @cjackson_star

Senior reporter for Staffordshire and Walsall.

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