Pressure grows for inquiry into Telford child sex abuse claims

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

Paedophiles in central England abused up to 1,000 girls, some as young as 11, over a four-decade period, the Sunday Mirror newspaper reported.

Another victim, who was drugged and gang raped by nine men two years later, said that Lucy's death was used as a warning to other girls who might speak out.

Besides Telford, similar high-profile cases were also reported in Rochdale and Rotherham.

Three people were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the scandal, the newspaper revealed after an 18-month investigation.

It was stressed that the gang members' Islamic identity was not only suppressed by local authorities, but by the investigating journalists, as well.

Afzal was speaking following an investigation in the UK Sunday Mirror into child sexual exploitation in the town which lies to the north west of Birmingham in Shropshire.

Not wanting to be condemned for racial or religious profiling, United Kingdom officials withheld valuable details about the Muslim gang members. Authorities' reluctance to aggressively investigate the alleged grooming gangs was caused in part by fears of being accused of racism or religious bias, according to the Mirror.

Numerous underage victims were considered as prostitutes by the authorities, and when concerned citizens attempted to blow the whistle, they were targeted in the workplace and one even lost her job.

Yesterday Clive Jones, director of children and adult services at Telford and Wrekin Council, said he was not aware of any murders associated with child abuse in Telford and said he did not recognise the figure of 1,000 potential victims.

Telford's Conservative MP, Lucy Allan, has previously called for a Rotherham-style inquiry into the allegations and called the latest reports "extremely serious and shocking".

In September 2016, she said: "There must now be an independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford so that our community can have absolute confidence in the authorities". "These children were treated as sexual commodities by men who inflicted despicable acts of abuse", he said.

Following the Telford reports, UKIP announced it will be pressuring the government to act on grooming gangs and protect the "tens of thousands of innocent child victims, nearly entirely white or Sikh, in cities across the length and breadth of these islands".

"Our investigators have spoken to 12 victims - a lot of them unconnected", Sommerlad noted.

"From that man it moved on to many men, there were about seven abusers in the end".

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The scale of the abuse in Telford - a town of just 170,000 - is believed to be the worst in British history.

Night after night, she says that she was repeatedly raped in disgusting takeaways by multiple men.

"I must have been getting the morning after pill from a local clinic at least twice a week but no one asked any questions".

She said: 'I fell pregnant twice and had two abortions.

"I don't think I've done anything right for the last five years".

'Days later, the ringleader turned up at my house and told me he'd burn it down if I breathed a word of what had happened'.

A woman working for the sex abuse charity Axis Counselling, based in Shrewsbury, was forced to leave her role after she tried to speak out.

The paper stated it has documents revealing authorities knew about the abuse but took a decade to start an investigation.

In the 14-year-old's case, those who were supposed to help her essentially threw her back into the hands of her torturers.

Her friend, Vicky Round, was hooked on crack cocaine at 12, heroin by 14 and she was dead by the time she was 20. "She says her doctor said she was mentally ill and should take medication".

The arrests come at the behest of British Muslims, who fear a backlash against them following the death of Rigby. Under the Public Order Act of 1986 and its follow-up, the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006, United Kingdom residents and citizens can be imprisoned for up to seven years for intentionally stirring up "religious hatred".

He was jailed for the murders but not the sexual abuse.

"Comments such as these are completely unacceptable and only cause more harm to our community in Bristol", the detective continued.

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