Violent sex attacker who slipped through care net

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CHILD protection officers failed to tell counterparts in Gloucestershire about a teen who went on to commit a violent sex attack in the neighbouring county.

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) did not tell the children’s services department at Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) that Kane Lammin, 17, was leaving its care to live in the county.

Lammin, originally from Oxford, was this month jailed for a sex-attack on a 17-year-old boy in a Gloucestershire cellar.

He was under OCC’s care until last year when he was placed in accommodation in Gloucester.

Bosses said they told GCC’s youth offending team of the move, but not its children’s services department, which is responsible for child protection.

Owen Morton, spokesman for OCC, said: “We acknowledge a formal process was not followed.

“Gloucestershire Youth Offending Service, which is part of Gloucestershire County Council, was fully aware of the situation regarding Kane Lammin and we continued to work with them following his placement in Gloucester.

“Kane Lammin initially came into the care of Oxfordshire County Council in late 2010, and moved between the care of the local authority and his family after this time.

“In October 2012 he was placed in supported accommodation in Gloucester due to serious concerns over his associations with people in the Oxford area, and in order to ensure his safety.”

Linda Uren, GCC commissioning director, said the authority is reviewing what happened.

She said: “While Oxfordshire County Council did talk to our youth offending team, there is also a formal process councils are responsible for when they move young people they look after into another area.

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“Oxfordshire County Council has acknowledged that the process wasn’t followed.”

Lammin was jailed for 10 years with Anthony Ford, originally from Swindon,at Gloucester Crown Court this month for the attack.

He admitted assault by penetration, actual bodily harm plus robbery and assault with intent to rob, not related to the case.

Ford admitted rape and sexual assault by penetration and using threatening words or behaviour to a witness.

John Christie, OCC Labour group leader and a former director of children’s services at Brent Council, London, said: “If there has been a breach of protocol and a breakdown in communication it needs to be investigated and lessons need to be learned.”

Neither Thames Valley Police nor Gloucestershire Police would comment on Lammin’s previous record, but he is not believed to have committed sexual offences before.

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