BREAKING NEWS: Government demands new probe into Edlington ‘Devil Boys’ torture case

Court sketch of the two brothers who attacked two young friends in Edlington in April 2009, flanked in the dock by their solicitors and social workers. Picture: Julia Quenzler
Court sketch of the two brothers who attacked two young friends in Edlington in April 2009, flanked in the dock by their solicitors and social workers. Picture: Julia Quenzler

A REVIEW into how two brothers savagely attacked two boys in Edlington is insufficient and another investigation has to be carried out, the Government says.

More details have been released of the torture of two young boys aged nine and 11 in the Brick Ponds area in April 2009.

The brothers, who were then aged just ten and 12 and who were known to social services, were detained indefinitely, after they admitted the gruesome attack, and told to serve a minimum of five years.

Doncaster Council said today that following an independent investigation, it is taking disciplinary action against five members of staff and has referred one former employee to the General Social Care Council, the social care regulator.

The council said in a statement that 279 members of staff were involved with the brothers’ family over a 15-year period.

However, Education Secretary Michael Gove said a more in-depth version of the serious case review (SCR) into the assault still did not meet his expectations.

He has now asked Lord Carlile CBE QC to carry out a further independent review.

Mr Gove said: “Today’s SCR report puts a good deal more information into the public domain on the case and it is right to publish it. “However, I am not satisfied with the position we have reached. In particular, I want to be confident that all the necessary lessons and improvements have been identified.”

Today’s publication follows a ‘summary’ report published by the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board in January 2010.

It includes 18 recommendations following a catalogue of errors over many years helped contribute to the sadistic attack. Just a week before the Brick Pond attack the brothers had assaulted two other boys.

The recommendations include more training for staff and managers, strategies for reducing domestic violence being effectively monitored, quarterly reports into how children’s services is addressing shortcomings and how social workers can effectively flag up concerns they have about children to management,

Roger Thompson, chairman of Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Today’s report once again shows what a truly distressing case this was with issues for all agencies involved. On behalf of the board, I would like to reiterate our apology and our thoughts continue to remain with the victims and their families.

“The publication provides a real reflection of just how weak individual services and multi-agency working was at the time of this incident, and we made a commitment then to make sure lessons were learned and ensure as best as we can that something like this never happens again.

“The board has ensured 18 recommendations for improving practice and procedures have been actively addressed by all agencies involved. All are now working much better together as part of a Government approved improvement programme to deliver high quality outcomes for vulnerable children and young people of Doncaster.”

At the time of the attack one brother was subject to a supervision order after he was convicted of battery, and the other was on bail charged with actual bodily harm and burglary.

The pair lured the two friends into the Brick Ponds area. They made their victims engage in sex acts, burnt them with cigarettes and poked sticks in their wounds while filming part of the attack on a mobile phone. One of the blood-covered friends managed to flee while the other was left for dead after having a sink smashed over his head.