Children’s chief denies Sheffield report was censored

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DENIALs have been made that large sections of a report into a South Yorkshire teenager’s murder were censored for any other reason than to protect the privacy of her family.

The findings of a serious case review into the death of Laura Wilson, aged 17, from Holmes, Rotherham, who was stabbed to death and dumped in a canal in October 2010, were published last week.

But sections of the report were blocked out.

A leaked version revealed concerns were raised about Laura, who had a four-month-old daughter, six years before she died. She was identified as being at risk of sexual exploitation.

She had been in a sexual relationship with her killer, Ashtiaq Asghar, aged 18, and had also been involved with another Asian man, with whom she had her baby.

In the days before her death she told their families about her relationships with the men.

The serious case review, conducted by Rotherham’s Local Safeguarding Children Board, found Laura was referred to a specialist child exploitation project three months before her 11th birthday.

It revealed she had been plied with alcohol by men who asked her what she could do for them ‘in return’.

The report also found ‘at the centre’ of Laura’s case was the ‘issue of her potential involvement in sexual exploitation’.

Alan Hazell, chairman of the Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board, which commissioned the report, said: “The Board refutes in the strongest possible terms any suggestion that information was redacted from the published report for any reason other than to protect the privacy and welfare of Laura’s daughter and immediate family .

“The original redaction of information - around eight pages of text out of more than 160 - in no way dilutes the content and impact of this report.”