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Child protection loophole closes

AThe Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, yesterday announced that a legal loophole which has allowed hundreds of child abusers to escape prosecution will be closed.

Effective from Monday, anyone who deliberately causes or allows serious physical harm to a child or vulnerable adult could face up to 10 years in prison.

Taking effect in England and Wales, it also enables prosecutions of people who stay silent or blame someone else.

The justice secretary said the move was a boost to child protection.