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Victims of the Telford child abuse scandal could be entitled to a share of £20million in compensation, according to a leading solicitor.

David Greenwood, from Switalskis Solicitors, has specialised in child abuse compensation claims for over 20 years.

He believes that the 1,000 youngsters identified as victims of the Telford gangs are in line for £20,000 each from West Mercia Police.

Mr Greenwood said: “Apologies are really important for the women affected by this. It needs to be sincere, personalised and in writing to each one of them.”

He is also calling for a retrospective investigation “into how this could have happened” and a self referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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“There needs to be a referral to the IOPC in the same way South Yorkshire police referred itself in Rotherham,” he said.

Mr Greenwood said West Mercia police could owe thousands of pounds in compensation. “I would say on average you’d see with actions against the police for this kind of failure are human rights claims,” he said.

“The value of those tends to be around £20,000 depending on the severity.”

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