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Khyra report 'will be released'

Birmingham City Council has said it is committed to publicly releasing the full report into the circumstances of a seven-year-old girl's death.

The mother and stepfather of Khyra Ishaq, from Handsworth, were charged with murder following her death in May.

A government intervention team is working with the council's social services after eight children known to them died in three years.

The council said publishing the report would boost public confidence in it.

Les Lawrence, the city council's cabinet member for children, said it had been working closely with the government on the serious case review.

He said the authority was committed to publishing its comprehensive executive summaries.

He added: "This is to give the general public confidence in children's social services, in that all lessons have been learned and actions have been taken."

Junaid Abuhamza and Angela Gordon have been charged with the murder of Khyra and are due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday.



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