Child safety review for Horse Rangers following rape trial

A children's horse riding charity has reviewed its child protection policies after a former manager was jailed for 20 years for rape and sexual assault of eight girls.

Last week at Reading Crown Court, Gary Hinds of Desborough, Northants, was convicted of rape while working at the Horse Rangers Association in Windsor between 1991 and 1998. The judge condemned the charity's "appalling lack of supervision".

Mike Cooper, the commandant of the Windsor Rangers since Hinds' offences took place, said: "There are now basic rules that we follow to keep children safe, such as not allowing a child to be alone with an adult."

Doreen Gordon, commandant general, said: "Our child protection policies and monitoring operations are far stronger, and we are convinced that something like this could never happen again."

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