BREAKING: Council accused of failing to protect children sexually exploited by taxi drivers

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Children as young as five were sexually exploited by taxi drivers in South Ribble after the council failed to run background checks, it has been reported.

Drivers have been accused of violating children while ­carrying out council-funded school runs, according to an interim review of the licensing of hackney carriages and private hire vehicles by South Ribble Council.

The report – which bears similarities to the Rotherham sex abuse scandal – claims children were being put at risk on their daily commute.