Police and prosecutors failed to bring charges against a paedophile for having sex with a 13-year-old girl because she looked older than her real age, the new report into Oxfordshire's child protection measures disclosed.

There was widespread misunderstanding of basic aspects of the law on sexual consent, which states that no-one under 16 can agree to sex and the abuser is therefore committing an offence, it found.

In one remarkable example the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to bring charges against a paedophile because the teenager looked older than she really was.

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