49,000 Cheers!


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49,000 gay and bisexual men found guilty of decades-old sexual offences in England and Wales have been posthumously pardoned. The pardons were first announced last year and have now been officially rubber-stamped after the Policing and Crime Bill received Royal Assent.

The 49,000 men will be cleared of crimes of which they would be innocent today.

Statutory pardons will also be granted to people still living who apply to have their convictions removed. The men involved were found guilty of committing now-abolished offences while in consensual relationships.