Twenty-one people have been arrested in the largest child sex abuse case following an investigation by West Midlands Police. The investigation relates to offences against seven children ages 12 or younger over a period of ten years in Walsall and Wolverhampton. Police described the abuse as “abhorrent and cruel” following a series of trials over the last 15 months.
The offending first came to light in 2017 when Operation Satchel began.
During the investigation, West Midlands police conducted more than 70 suspect interviews resulting in multiple charges against each defendant and sentences ranging from 28 months to life in prison.
Head of the investigation, Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Drover said it had been “challenging and complex” but the children’s welfare was at the heart of the process.
He said: “But at the heart of it has been seven children who suffered the most abhorrent and cruel abuse, not just physically but psychologically, leaving them in extreme trauma. Their welfare has been at the heart of this investigation and support for them will continue for many years to come. I commend their bravery in being able to tell us about their abuse.
“I am grateful to everyone who worked so hard to get justice for them, and the jurors who had to listen to such a catalogue of depravity to reach their verdict.”