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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/senior-officers-still-target-other-crimes-above-child-grooming-8932247.html Senior officers 'still target other crimes above child grooming' Approach

The Crown Prosecution Service said it was "one of worst cases of child sexual abuse we've seen". Is this because our Police, CPS, Social Services, Councils are incompetent, corrupt, frightened and or

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/26/rotherham-sexual-abuse-children Rotherham: failures led to sexual abuse of 1,400 childrenReport says failings in political a

Why haven't the Police, CPS, Social Services, Councils, Politicians, Churches etc. etc. been charged with criminal negligence?

The authorities turned a blind eye, they are not better than the paedophiles. Keir Starmer should be charged with criminal negligence now, he was in charge of the CPS when the decision was taken not to prosecute in the Girl A case in 2009, Greater Manchester Police should stand in the dock alongside Keir Starmer, Social Services, the local councils, etc. etc!

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Sorry does not cut it, criminal charges now for the Police in their negligence! Every child has a WaheGuru given right to be protected from rapists! This will only stop when the authorities are in the dock, found guilty and serve long jail sentences for their negligence! Write to your local MP NOW!

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/greater-manchester-police-apologise-victim-6287545

Greater Manchester Police apologise to victim of Rochdale sex grooming gang

8 Nov 2013 20:52

Many of her abusers plied the troubled 15-year-old with vodka and cannabis before committing their offences, which took place in 2008 and 2009

1-Collages-6286101.jpg(L-R) Abdul Huk, Chola Chansa, Freddie Kendakumana, Mohammed Rafiq Abubaker

Police have apologised to an underage sex abuse victim in Rochdale for failings in their initial probe into five men who exploited her "profound vulnerability".

Many of her abusers plied the troubled 15-year-old with vodka and cannabis before committing their offences, which took place in 2008 and 2009, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

The majority of the defendants were only arrested last year after the grim portrayal of a largely Pakistani-heritage child sex ring preying on white girls in the town emerged into the public domain in a separate trial at Liverpool Crown Court which attracted huge publicity.

But one of the offenders, Congolese refugee Freddie Kendakumana, was first arrested and interviewed by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in December 2008 after the girl - also white - complained to police he had raped her the month before.

The girl was told at the time by an interviewing male officer that it was important not to have any future dealings with Kendakumana while the investigation continued but she later confessed she had bumped into him at a flat. Soon after, she went on to have consensual sex with his friend when still aged 15, although that man knew she was underage.

In a later interview, she explained: "I spoke to the police about it. The police said don't go back there. If you go back up there, we don't have a case, so I said I won't.

"I went on to see Freddie in a flat. I didn't really speak to him, I had a drink and then came home."

The investigation against Kendakamuna, 27, was dropped before he was rearrested years later and finally charged, along with his co-defendants, in October 2012 - nearly four years after the girl made the initial complaint as several men went on to abuse her in the intervening period.

By that time the girl had undergone numerous video-recorded police interviews from the end of 2008 to October 2011, totalling more than 23 hours.

Last month Kendakumana was convicted of raping her.

Today after reporting restrictions were lifted on the case, Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "We must acknowledge that there were some failings with the initial investigation carried out by Rochdale division into a complaint of rape by the victim in 2008.

"The suspect was arrested on suspicion of rape, but he was released without charge. The case was investigated and the officer who supervised the investigation took the decision to discontinue the case.

"In 2009 the victim in this case made a number of disclosures to the police about some of the defendants in this case.

"A decision was made to file the information gathered during this interview as intelligence and the decision was supported by the officer's line manager."

A review of the probe by GMP's sexual crime unit highlighted a number of failings, Ms Copley added.

The matter was referred to its Professional Standards Branch in March 2011 and "formal management action" was given to two officers.

The investigation has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

"We accept that there was more that could, and should, have been done to protect and support the victim," said Ms Copley. "We have apologised to her for the delay in dealing with her case and reiterate that apology publicly today. Once the criminal proceedings are at an end we will talk to her further about what went wrong.

"Lessons have been learnt. The education of all officers has now improved to such an extent that they now see CSE (child sexual exploitation) as part of a wider pattern of behaviour and offending. Therefore, reports of abuse are no longer taken in isolation and treated as stand-alone crimes. This new approach includes much earlier involvement with key partners such as Children's Services and the Crown Prosecution Service."

The victim was first prompted to go to the police in 2008 on the advice of a health support worker when she disclosed that Kendakumana was sexually forcing himself on her.

But social care and health professionals dealing with the youngster failed to pass on her other confessions in 2008 and 2009 that she was having consensual sexual contact with a string of older men whom she labelled "boyfriends".

In a statement, Lesley Mort, of Rochdale Council's independent safeguarding children board, said: "We are pleased with the verdict announced in this historic child sexual abuse case.

"This has been a challenging trial and we regret what the young person in this trial has had to endure but we are confident that all partner agencies are now more able to intervene earlier and more robustly when cases of concern are brought to their attention."

The victim, now aged 20, gave evidence against the defendants in two trials.

Reporting restrictions were lifted on both proceedings by Judge Jonathan Foster QC at today's conclusion of the second trial.

Last month in the first trial, Kendakumana, of Illminster, Rochdale, was convicted of rape and sexual activity with a child. He was cleared of a second count of rape.

Two other men, Mohammed Rafiq Abubaker, 25, of Freehold, Rochdale, and takeaway worker Roheez Khan, 27, of Ashfield Road, Rochdale, were found guilty of sexual activity with a child. Khan was also convicted of witness intimidation.

A fourth man, Chola Chansa, 33, of Illminster, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child just before the first trial started.

In the second trial, taxi driver Abdul Huk, 37, of Ouldfield Close, Rochdale, was found guilty yesterday of sexual activity with a child.

All five men will be sentenced on December 20.

They were all bailed but told to expect custodial sentences.

Today the jury failed to reach a verdict on Mohammed Ali, 28, of Rochdale, on an allegation of sexual activity with a child.

The jury in the first trial also failed to reach a verdict on the same allegation against Mr Ali and, as a consequence, the Crown decided not to proceed with a third trial and has asked for the matter to lie on file.

Asrar Haider, 39, of Rochdale, was cleared by the second jury of sexual activity and inciting sexual activity with a child, while another defendant, Anjam Masood, 31, from Rochdale, was cleared of sexual activity and inciting sexual activity with a child on the direction of the judge after the prosecution said it was no longer offering evidence against him.

Charges were also dropped before the first trial against a 34-year-old man who had been accused of engaging in sexual activity with the girl in a car when she was as young as 12 or 13.

In May last year, nine men were jailed for the systematic grooming and sexual abuse of five white girls - aged between 13 and 15 - in Heywood and Rochdale.

The trial at Liverpool Crown Court resulted in a national debate over the role of gangs of largely Pakistani-heritage men in grooming white girls.

A subsequent report from child safeguarding chiefs ruled that social workers, police and prosecutors had missed opportunities to stop the exploitation in Heywood and Rochdale.

Although the girl in the latest court proceedings, who is also white, was being abused at about the same time, she had no known links with any of the defendants who were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court.

The convicted defendants in the Manchester trials also came from a range of nationalities - Kendakumana and Chansa are from Congo, Abubaker is a Kurd, while Huk and Khan are believed to be of Pakistani heritage.

Several knew each other but it was not the prosecution case that they all acted in an organised manner.

Opening the case against all the defendants, prosecutor Neil Usher said: "It is the prosecution's case that leading the chaotic life that she had for some time by the age of 15, she was vulnerable to being groomed and exploited by those who correctly perceived she would be easy to flatter and impress with free and plentiful drink, cannabis and just as importantly, a level of attention and affection that she craved and felt she had lacked in her difficult early life.

"She repeatedly and regularly returned to a number of older men all of whom sexually exploited her and some of whom physically abused her, despite her being advised and supported by health care and social workers.

"The risk-taking and potentially harming positions she regularly put herself in was an indication of the extent of her profound vulnerablity and emotional immaturity."

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While We are all for greater action crackdown on Paedophile gangs there is another dimension to the way Media is handling it in the UK.

Britain is racially divided up and down the Country. Whites, Carribeans, nigerians, Punjabis, Gujratis, paks, have their own patch. In Big cities theres more fusion. Anyone with brown skin is known as "Asian" on the insistence of the Establishment. Carribean, african, Cape Verde, are all lumped as "Black" in the Media. It seems more than pressure there is a deliberate Race Codeing thats gone on for decades, for a country that prides itself in Multiculturalism?

In parts of the Green belts, Mid counties, outside Cities, there are from 2 to 3 generations where Whites have no interaction with any EThnic Counterparts other than what they hear. Please be aware of the negative image and impact that is going affects us all. Yes on the positive theere are some lovely folk who acknowledge what and who Sikhs are. But there is a vast amount of ignorance out there, and how we are percieved for having "Asian" Skin.

The media by insisting on the word "Asian" is backstabbing us, and grooming generations of ignorant minds to see us associated with the worst crimes.

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I have read Girl A: The truth about the Rochdale sex ring by the victim who stopped them by Anonymous (Girl A) (10 Oct 2013).

What comes through very clearly in the book is that the Police, CPS, Social Services etc. etc. did not undertake their legal duties & responsibilities to the victims of the paedophile gangs. The body of evidence was there from the outset when the victims first had contact with the various legal bodies and were providing statements & evidence of what was going on in their lives.

Criminal prosecutions need to be brought forward for individuals from the Police, CPS, Social Services etc. etc. for criminal negligence and a dereliction of duty. Sorry does not cut it and we the good people of Britain citizens DO NOT accept their apology & failings from the authorities.

Can we as a community now bring pressure to bear to see individuals from Police, CPS, Social Services stand in the dock and face criminal proceedings for negligence.

Are we going to carry on paying for individuals through our tax system for failing to protect the children from the paedophiles, are we content Police officers will be promoted in the future when he or she failed to take seriously a child evidence that they were a victim of paedophilia gangs, are you content a CPS lawyer will carry on working as a barrister/lawyer earning vast sums of money when their initial decision was not to pursue the allegations in court to bring these paedophiles to justice, are we content that Social Services labelled these children as prostitutes and they chose this lifestyle, criminal prosecutions NOW!

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Now we know why the Police 'Still Target Other Crimes Above Child Grooming' they don't want to end up arresting their own colleagues\friends!!!

Police sergeant pleads guilty to abusing teenage girl

A BRITISH Transport Police sergeant has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Mick Defries, 58, of Barnham, appeared at Lewes Crown Court today (December 12) for a preliminary hearing and pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a female child under 13.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on January 10.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “BTP can confirm that Sergeant Defries, who has served with the force for ten years, has been suspended from duty following his arrest and charge by Sussex Police.

“BTP’s professional standard’s department is assisting Sussex Police with their investigation.”

http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/top-stories/latest/police-sergeant-pleads-guilty-to-abusing-teenage-girl-1-5746473

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Rochdale sex-grooming gangs able to flourish due to police errors says report
Greater Manchester police failed vulnerable girls in multiple ways, from lack of oversight to use of untrained CID staff
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A Rochdale shop displays a bulletin on the arrest of nine men on child sexual exploitation charges in 2011. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

A catalogue of police failures allowed sex-grooming gangs to flourish in Rochdale, according to a damning, leaked report that is published on Friday. Among the failings identified in the 300-page report, untrained detectives were used to investigate child exploitation and there was a lack of resources and oversight.

The serious case review was announced by Rochdale Council last year after nine Asian men were convicted of the systematic grooming and sexual abuse of white girls in Greater Manchester. The findings of the review have resulted in an acknowledgement by Greater Manchester police [GMP] that the force has let down a number of vulnerable girls who were groomed by gangs for sexual abuse.

An internal police investigation, highlighted in the serious case review, also found a failure to recognise abuse.

The internal police review found that:

• Officers failed to challenge a Crown Prosecution Service decision not to prosecute.

• There was a lack of resources and managerial support for the investigations, initially led by CID, despite formal requests.

• Detectives without training in child sexual exploitation were used to interview potential victims.

• There was a lack of managerial oversight for investigations in 2008 and 2009.

• There was a lack of strategies to respond to frequent "runaways", which allowed them to return to their abusers.

• There was a recognition that there may have been discriminatory attitudes among police officers towards the victims.

But despite the list of acknowledged problems, the police made just one recommendation – that the force's public protection division should ensure continued participation in Project Phoenix, which has been set up to direct a multi-agency approach to child sexual exploitation in the region.

The serious case review panel raised questions about the police response and made two further recommendations: that GMP should establish a system to monitor and review how it escalates safeguarding cases, and that it commits to maintaining a child sexual exploitation team and to working proactively with Rochdale council.

Police also admitted that of 40 meetings to discuss child protection for one of the victims, there is no record of police attendance or involvement at any of them. The report argues that "this represents a serious weakness for the police" and that concerns about police attendance were raised in 2009.

"As a result, the review has been left with an incomplete and unsatisfactory picture of the involvement of the police in the routine child protection processes," it concludes.

Simon Danczuk, the local Labour MP, said police need to show better leadership. "Senior police officers keep talking about deploying more resources, but they're sending out untrained officers who cannot win the trust of victims. We need better leadership on this issue," he said.

The serious case review was announced in September 2012, four months after the grooming gang was convicted. The men were jailed for between four and 19 years for the abuse of five girls, some as young as 13. It is believed there may be up to 50 victims in all.

The trial resulted in a national debate over the role of gangs of largely Pakistani men in grooming white girls. The police and local authority in Rochdale came in for heavy criticism when details emerged of what had been happening.

The men, aged between 24 and 59, plied victims, who hung around two takeaways in the area, with drink and drugs before the girls were "passed around" for sex.

One girl, aged 15 at the time and who was repeatedly raped, said in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour that after she became pregnant, local social services told her parents she was a "prostitute" and that she had simply made a "lifestyle choice".

The girl had also reported the abuse to a police officer – who simply yawned.

One police whistleblower welcomed the report but commented that it had only scratched the surface of problems in the force.

Margaret Oliver, a detective constable within GMP who worked on the Rochdale grooming cases but resigned last year over the way the police treated the victims, said the report went only part of the way to exposing the mistakes within the force.

She said: "I have spoken to victims in the last week who still come face to face with their abusers in Rochdale because the police have failed to pursue them.

"If GMP had done its job properly, they would not be walking the streets. It was my job to persuade some of these young girls to come to trust the police to being on their side.

"But one of those who came forward – who was subjected to multiple rapes and was brave enough to identify her abusers in an ID parade – was added to the indictment as an offender as a tactical 'option' by the force," she said.

Sir Peter Fahy, the chief constable for Greater Manchester, said: "I think we all know that [child sexual exploitation] is the most complex and challenging area of policing right now and we are near the very beginning of a long journey in our understanding of it. It is GMP's top priority, and the welfare of these victims should now be at the very forefront of everything we do.

"The failings detailed in this report are unacceptable, and we should never lose sight of the fact that we have let down some innocent victims."

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Could this be one of the reasons why paedophile gangs are allowed to flourish in the UK we have an issue of Police corruption?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/exclusive-scotland-yards-rotten-core-police-failed-to-address-endemic-corruption-9050224.html#

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Exclusive: Scotland Yard’s rotten core: Police failed to address ‘endemic corruption’

Organised crime infiltrated police ‘at will’, according to secret report. Top-level internal inquiry identified scores of corrupt individuals working for Met

Tom Harper

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Organised criminals were able to infiltrate Scotland Yard “at will” by bribing corrupt officers, according to an explosive report leaked to The Independent. The Metropolitan Police file, written in 2002, found Britain’s biggest force suffered “endemic corruption” at the time.

Operation Tiberius concluded that syndicates such as the notorious Adams family and the gang led by David Hunt had bribed scores of former and then-serving detectives to access confidential databases; obtain live intelligence on criminal investigations; provide specialist knowledge of surveillance, technical deployment and undercover techniques to help evade prosecution; and even take part in criminal acts such as mass drug importation and money laundering.

The strategic intelligence scoping exercise – “ratified by the most senior management” at Scotland Yard – found murder investigations had been infiltrated and sensitive intelligence regarding other organised crime investigations had been leaked, allowing the offenders to escape justice.

The author lamented the Met’s inability to root out the problem. More worryingly, he also appeared to question Scotland Yard’s commitment to tackle organised crime corruption in the ranks. “For whatever reason, the current approach is simply to wait for the corruption intelligence to surface and to then react to it,” Tiberius concluded.

Later, it added: “These syndicates are organised and all working towards the common goals of making profit, laundering their money, evading prosecution and preventing the forfeiture of their assets. The achievement of these goals is focused and determined; the law enforcement investigation should follow this lead.”

Tiberius identified 80 corrupt individuals with links to the police, including 42 then-serving officers and 19 former detectives.

It concluded: “Organised crime is currently able to infiltrate the MPS at will.”

Research conducted by The Independent suggests that only a tiny number of the officers named as corrupt have been convicted.

Keith Vaz, who chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee, said: “I am deeply concerned by the findings of this report. It is vital that the police have the utmost integrity. The public must be able to trust them to do their job and ensure justice prevails.

“The Met have made vast progress rooting out corruption in the force in the last 20 years but it would appear more may still need to be done.”

Mr Vaz added he would be writing to the current Met Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, to “ensure that these allegations have been fully investigated and to confirm that he is satisfied that corruption no longer exists”.

The report, produced by a team led by the former Met assistant commissioner Andy Hayman, paints a shocking picture of security at the time inside Scotland Yard, which had responsibility for the UK’s counter-terror operations.

Working in secret, the Tiberius team drew on multiple sources of information including covert informants, intelligence from telephone intercepts, briefings from the security services and thousands of historic police files.

One senior investigating officer interviewed by the inquiry said at the time: “I feel that… I cannot carry out an ethical murder investigation without the fear of it being compromised.”

In one case, the report names an alleged corrupt officer who was inexplicably put in charge of a team investigating a gangland murder linked to organised crime.

Other officers Tiberius says were known to be corrupt were also identified as working on inquiries into organised crime, many of which resulted in compromised investigations and, in some cases, failed prosecutions.

Some relationships between Met officers and the criminal underworld were so close that in one case named police officers were identified as co-owning properties and even racehorses with a man suspected of being one of Britain’s most hardened gangsters.

In one shocking case, a police statement taken from a highly sensitive witness was found in the safe of a nightclub controlled by the Adams family – described by Operation Tiberius as the “major crime family in north London”.

The report stated the named witness was helping police try to solve the murder of Michael Olymbious, who the police believed had been killed after losing £1.5m of ecstasy pills owned by the syndicate.

Tiberius also found a secret informant – codenamed “Lee Paul” – providing intelligence on the Adams family and the corrupt police in its pay to his handler at the Met, who appears to have been a man of integrity.

However, Paul’s highly sensitive role was later uncovered by other officers and his activities became more widely known, causing uproar among the corrupt elements inside the Yard.

But far from seeing this as evidence that the police were finally on to them, one rogue detective inspector was so unperturbed that he felt confident enough to brazenly threaten one of Paul’s handlers with reprisals.

The ability of organised criminals to target highly sensitive police witnesses and informants was the subject last July of evidence given to Parliament by one of the Met’s most senior officers.

When questioned by the Home Affairs Committee over a separate case of corrupt police officers targeting protected witnesses, revealed in The Independent, Assistant Commissioner Cressida <banned word filter activated> said: “I am not aware of anything in the Metropolitan Police that has resulted in infiltration thereof, but it is a risk that we are constantly trying to prevent materialising, of course, because people’s lives are at risk.”

The Met’s inability to tackle the corruption of police officers by organised crime syndicates is laid bare in some of Tiberius’ recommendations.

Although the report suggests a range of strategies to combat corruption, including establishing a dedicated task force, it also recommends merely “removing alleged corrupt officers from specialist departments back to borough postings to disrupt networks” and putting troublemakers “together on one particular unit to enable a strong manager to keep an eye on them”.

A former senior officer, who recently retired from Scotland Yard, told The Independent: “Nothing has changed. The Met is still every bit as corrupt as it was back then.”

One of the few successful investigations reviewed by Tiberius was Operation Greyhound, a long-running inquiry that found that two detectives had helped a known criminal hunt a money-launderer over a £600,000 debt.

Martin Morgan and Declan Costello were paid £50,000 for helping Robert Kean, a builder with a string of previous convictions, find his former business associate, Andrew Smith.

During their trial in 2002, the Old Bailey heard that Kean and another criminal, Carl Wood, spoke of torturing Smith and putting his body in a car crusher if he could not pay his debt.

At the heart of the scandal was the friendship of Morgan and Kean, a suspected drugs dealer. When Kean wanted to find Smith, he turned to Morgan, who used intelligence databases available to Met detectives to try to track down and entrap him.

Kean said Morgan “was good at his job” and would be paid “50gs”– £50,000 – to act as his bounty hunter.

Morgan, Kean and Wood pleaded guilty to conspiring to unlawfully and injuriously imprison a man and to detain him against his will.

Costello plead guilty to conspiracy to assault, causing actual bodily harm.

Asked to comment on the Tiberius report, a spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “The Metropolitan Police Service will not tolerate any behaviour by our officers and staff which could damage the trust placed in police by the public.

“We are determined to pursue corruption in all its forms and with all possible vigour.

“The dedicated Anti-Corruption Command, part of the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards, proactively investigates any allegations or intelligence relating to either corrupt police officers and staff [or] those that may seek to corrupt our officers’ staff.

“There is no complacency in the Met’s determination to succeed in this task.”

Botched jobs: Compromised murder investigations

Kenneth Beagle

Thought to have been killed by members of a named organised crime syndicate over a “failed drug importation”. Tiberius names a former Met police officer whom it says “has always been considered to be one of the most corrupt officers serving in the MPS”. The report claims this former officer contacted his “good friend”, a detective sergeant, on the investigating team whom Tiberius says “had previously been the subject of at least three corruption inquiries” yet was allowed to work on a gangland murder investigation. For reasons that are unclear, the Met formally “authorised” the meeting between the pair which “legitimised the access into the murder inquiry”. Tiberius notes that “shortly after the meeting” the alleged organised crime boss “knew that the investigation team considered him a suspect”.

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A suspected drug dealer who fled to Spain was one of the prime suspects for the murder of Ricky Rayner in 2001 and asked a man whom police suspected of leading a drug dealing syndicate to check whether he was still wanted in the UK. Within days, this man was able to find out the status of his associate following telephone contact with a police officer. The report stated a Police National Computer check was obtained from Bethnal Green police station.

The suspected gangster was able to give the suspect the “all clear”, apparently leading to his return to Britain. Tiberius also identified “regular contact” between another suspected corrupt detective and a senior member of the investigation into the murder.

Again, the investigating officer had previously been identified as possibly corrupt – yet had never been prosecuted and was put in charge of a sensitive investigation.

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Commons committee hears researcher's office was broken into after contact with South Yorkshire police and files went missing
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A Home Office researcher who uncovered the scale of child sex abuse in Rotherham more than 10 years ago was left in fear of her life after being visited by two South Yorkshire police officers, MPs have been told while taking evidence in private.

The Commons home affairs select committee, meeting in a secret session on Tuesday to protect the identity of the researcher, heard that an office break-in followed the contact from the South Yorkshire officers and her files went missing.

When the MPs put the allegation to the former South Yorkshire chief constable, Meredydd John Hughes, who was deputy head of the force at the time, he said he knew nothing of the Home Office research report and told the committee that he had had "no idea of the scale and scope" of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

The committee took the highly unusual step of taking the evidence from witnesses on oath under the 1871 Perjury Act.

A devastating official inquiry report last month found that at least 1,400 young people in Rotherham had been subjected to sexual abuse over a period of 16 years.

Hughes, who was first deputy chief constable and then chief constable of South Yorkshire police for nine years until October 2011, told MPs he felt he had "singularly failed the victims" in Rotherham.

"I am not an idle man… Some of the reports… I frankly felt sick last night when I read them. I am not immune to the ideas that this is a hideous crime and I am deeply embarrassed. But I can say with honesty that at the time that I was both deputy and chief constable, I had no idea of the scale and scope of this type of organised crime."

He later told committee chairman, Keith Vaz: "I take no pleasure from this. I have had a 32-year police career, and yet on this issue I have signalled failed the victims of these criminals and it hurts. It is something that I loathe."

He strenuously denied suggestions from MPs on the committee that he had been grossly incompetent or had been involved in a dereliction of duty, but added: "I do have questions to ask myself. I look on with a sense of horror … I wish I had done more."

But Vaz bluntly told Hughes that he found his evidence "totally unconvincing" and said while his contrition was welcome it needed to go further and his evidence would be referred to the Woolf inquiry into child sexual exploitation.

The Conservative MP, Nicola Blackwood, said the committee had heard evidence in private from the Home Office researcher that her 2002 report had been greeted with hostility by the South Yorkshire police. She said they had heard evidence that the researcher had been contacted by two officers who threatened to pass her name on to the groomers in Rotherham and she had been left in fear of her life.

The Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert suggested to the current South Yorkshire chief constable, David Crompton, that there had been an active conspiracy involving police officers and questioned how the public could now trust South Yorkshire police.

Crompton said: "I'm absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of it. If there are any disciplinary matters, and some of these are being raised with me for the first time today, you have my absolute commitment we'll get to the bottom of it."

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A Home Office researcher who uncovered the scale of child sex abuse in Rotherham more than 10 years ago was left in fear of her life after being visited by two South Yorkshire police officers, MPs have been told while taking evidence in private.

The Commons home affairs select committee, meeting in a secret session on Tuesday to protect the identity of the researcher, heard that an office break-in followed the contact from the South Yorkshire officers and her files went missing.

When the MPs put the allegation to the former South Yorkshire chief constable, Meredydd John Hughes, who was deputy head of the force at the time, he said he knew nothing of the Home Office research report and told the committee that he had had "no idea of the scale and scope" of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

The committee took the highly unusual step of taking the evidence from witnesses on oath under the 1871 Perjury Act.

A devastating official inquiry report last month found that at least 1,400 young people in Rotherham had been subjected to sexual abuse over a period of 16 years.

Hughes, who was first deputy chief constable and then chief constable of South Yorkshire police for nine years until October 2011, told MPs he felt he had "singularly failed the victims" in Rotherham.

"I am not an idle man… Some of the reports… I frankly felt sick last night when I read them. I am not immune to the ideas that this is a hideous crime and I am deeply embarrassed. But I can say with honesty that at the time that I was both deputy and chief constable, I had no idea of the scale and scope of this type of organised crime."

He later told committee chairman, Keith Vaz: "I take no pleasure from this. I have had a 32-year police career, and yet on this issue I have signalled failed the victims of these criminals and it hurts. It is something that I loathe."

He strenuously denied suggestions from MPs on the committee that he had been grossly incompetent or had been involved in a dereliction of duty, but added: "I do have questions to ask myself. I look on with a sense of horror … I wish I had done more."

But Vaz bluntly told Hughes that he found his evidence "totally unconvincing" and said while his contrition was welcome it needed to go further and his evidence would be referred to the Woolf inquiry into child sexual exploitation.

The Conservative MP, Nicola Blackwood, said the committee had heard evidence in private from the Home Office researcher that her 2002 report had been greeted with hostility by the South Yorkshire police. She said they had heard evidence that the researcher had been contacted by two officers who threatened to pass her name on to the groomers in Rotherham and she had been left in fear of her life.

The Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert suggested to the current South Yorkshire chief constable, David Crompton, that there had been an active conspiracy involving police officers and questioned how the public could now trust South Yorkshire police.

Crompton said: "I'm absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of it. If there are any disciplinary matters, and some of these are being raised with me for the first time today, you have my absolute commitment we'll get to the bottom of it."

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Now we know why the Police 'Still Target Other Crimes Above Child Grooming' they don't want to end up arresting their own colleagues\friends!!!

Police sergeant pleads guilty to abusing teenage girl

A BRITISH Transport Police sergeant has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Mick Defries, 58, of Barnham, appeared at Lewes Crown Court today (December 12) for a preliminary hearing and pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a female child under 13.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on January 10.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “BTP can confirm that Sergeant Defries, who has served with the force for ten years, has been suspended from duty following his arrest and charge by Sussex Police.

“BTP’s professional standard’s department is assisting Sussex Police with their investigation.”

http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/top-stories/latest/police-sergeant-pleads-guilty-to-abusing-teenage-girl-1-5746473

I suggested a while back and I quote my own words, "Now we know why the Police 'Still Target Other Crimes Above Child Grooming' they don't want to end up arresting their own colleagues\friends!!!", sadly I have been proven right on this matter. This prediction brings me no joy as now not only our British children have to contend with organised rapists but the corrupt police who have turned a blind eye and also involved in this hideous evil. I appeal to the decent police officers amongst you, please turn in your evil colleagues who have brought your profession into disrepute and salvage that respect for your once proud profession.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4240241.ece

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A corrupt police officer was on the payroll of men who targeted and sexually abused children in Rotherham, a charity worker has claimed.

The rogue officer is said to have passed information to grooming networks, undermining efforts to protect girls and target offenders.

An independent inquiry has estimated that 1,400 children in the South Yorkshire town were subjected to abuse over 16 years from 1997. Victims were often blamed for the crimes committed against them, while “no action was taken on the perpetrators”.

The corruption allegation, against an unnamed police officer, was made in evidence to MPs by a charity

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