JUSTICE AT LAST: Police Officers Face Investigation Over Rotherham Child Rape Failings
Senior police officers in South Yorkshire are set to face an investigation by the Independent Office For Police Conduct (IOPC) over their failures to tackle the child sexual abuse crisis in Rotherham over more than a decade.
The senior command team will be asked why high-ranking officers failed to act on reports of extremely serious child sexual abuse cases.
It has been alleged by witnesses and victims that through police “facilitated” the abuse and even that the force had prioritised ‘car crime’ over the major gang rape scandal.
Writing to abuse survivors, the IOPC said: “We are extending our investigation and will be looking into the actions of senior officers who were in charge of the force at the relevant time.”
“The main allegation within the complaint is that senior officers from SYP failed in their statutory duty to protect children between 1999 and 2011.”
Jane Senior, who ran an outreach program for child abuse victims, told Sky News that police officers have known about the abuse for over a decade but have still not been held to account.
After making a complaint to the police force on behalf of Dr Angie Heal, who worked for South Yorkshire Police so could not complain herself, Mrs Senior said: “I know that from at least 2001 that senior officers were aware of this and we sit here now in 2018 and actually who has been held accountable?”
Dr Heal told Sky News: “I could not believe the lack of response.
“I saw the circulation list and that two senior officers received my reports. What did they do with them? Did they tell the Chief Constable about it? And if not, why not?
“These were really, really serious crimes against children. It can’t get much more serious than this.”
Dr Heal added: “I remember one conversation with a senior officer who said: ‘it’s all very awful but our priorities are set by government and they are burglary and car crime’.”
Reports into the Rotherham abuse scandal have suggested that up to 1,400 children were abused by men of prominently Pakistani descent.
The latest statement by the police watchdog that they will investigate South Yorkshire Police will begin to help serve justice for the victims, but will likely not get even near to finally addressing all of the police failures over the past two decades.
Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Nathan Ryding – the Chairman of Young Independence, UKIP’s youth wing, said: “I’m glad an investigation has finally begun, however, I am interested in seeing the outcome as this will determine how effective and useful our police service will be in the future.
“To blame the government for the priorities is ridiculous, they may be the priorities but as the police, you are supposed to deal with all crime committed in the UK. This is 100% political correctness and it has to be stopped.
“Children need the utmost protection in today’s society and we in UKIP need to put child protection at the top of our list. Let’s save our future generations!”
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