A council worker who tried to raise the alarm about a 13-year-old abused by the Oxfordshire paedophile ring was obstructed by senior officers in the local authority, it has emerged.

The crime and neighbourhood nuisance officer based in Oxford – a former detective sergeant in child protection – suffered "harsh disregard and criticism" when he attempted to spark official action to protect the girl.

The former policeman – who was not named in the new report on the authorities' performance – resorted to sending emails to police contacts and child protection staff in a bid to secure moves to rescue the girl from abusive situations.

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