Authorities missed 14 opportunities to stop children being abused by Turkish men at their barber shop

A number of agencies failed to recognise and prevent the exploitation of at least nine teenagers in Somerset, it has been revealed.

The serious case review comes after two Turkish men were jailed last year for a total of 32 years after being convicted for rape and sexual offences against six children aged 14 and 15.

Authorities missed 14 opportunities to prevent the abuse of two of the teenagers, who sparked the initial review – who believed they were in a loving relationship with the men, legitimising the sustained abuse.