No officers were sacked despite 265 complaints over Rotherham sex abuse, report shows

Failed management, officers missing any ‘skilled curiosity’, a tradition by which underage victims were seen as accountable, IT techniques ‘not match for function’ and a widespread failure to document and examine severe crimes meant the horrific sexual exploitation of youngsters continued for years unchallenged.

Among the many worst examples of police behaviour was an officer telling the daddy of a 15-year-old rape sufferer that her ordeal would train her a lesson.

One other lady was handed over to police in a baby abduction case as a part of a ‘deal’ to not arrest the alleged abductor. Officers additionally discovered her and an abuser ‘half-naked’ in a bed room with the lady hiding underneath the mattress, however failed to analyze him.

One sexual abuse sufferer’s father mentioned an officer informed him nothing could possibly be accomplished as a consequence of racial tensions.

Particulars of the ‘important failings’ by South Yorkshire Police were revealed yesterday in a report by the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) into police actions between 1997 and 2013 regarding the sexual exploitation of women, primarily by Asian grooming gangs in Rotherham. Operation Linden was the second-largest inquiry ever carried out by the police watchdog.

It discovered a mountain of proof detailing negligent, incompetent and unprofessional police work in dealing with sexual abuse of youngsters, however officers both retired to flee punishment or were allowed to hold on of their jobs.

The IOPC spent eight years and £6 million on 93 investigations masking 265 allegations by 51 complainants. They investigated 47 officers and upheld 43 complaints.

Eight officers had a case to reply for misconduct and 6 for gross misconduct, however seven averted disciplinary motion by retiring. Despite the thousands and thousands spent on the inquiry, simply two officers obtained written warnings and three were given ‘phrases of recommendation’. The Crown Prosecution Service determined in opposition to fees in the one potential legal case – for a knowledge breach.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, mentioned the report ‘fails to establish any particular person accountability’ and ‘in consequence it lets down victims and survivors’.

The IOPC report detailed dozens of complaints in opposition to police. Many officers regarded the victims – predominantly underage white women – as criminals.

The report mentioned their persistent concern of the abusers was compounded by a mistrust of police. Some were so traumatised by the shortage of assist they thought-about or tried suicide. When employees coping with sexual exploitation raised issues, they were informed policing priorities lay with different crimes equivalent to housebreaking and automotive crime.


A member of the Rochdale grooming gang yesterday mentioned he shouldn’t be deported again to Pakistan as a result of he was a ‘position mannequin’ for his teenage son.

Adil Khan, 52, was jailed for eight years in 2012 after he bought a 13-year-old lady pregnant. He was certainly one of 9 males jailed after the gang were arrested – a 12 months earlier than the Rotherham scandal.

To the horror of their victims, Khan and fellow abuser Qari Abdul Rauf have fought a seven-year battle to keep away from being despatched to Pakistan. The pair say it might breach their proper to personal and household life underneath the European Conference on Human Rights.

As a remaining deportation listening to started yesterday, an immigration decide requested Khan what impression deportation would have on his son. He replied: ‘As you recognize, the daddy determine is essential in each tradition on the planet, to be a job mannequin for the kid, to inform her or him proper from mistaken.’

Legal professionals for Rauf, 53, are additionally anticipated to argue that he has renounced his Pakistani citizenship, subsequently can’t be despatched again there.

Khan is representing himself. The listening to continues.

The report mentioned a typical theme of complaints was how little police understood about little one sexual abuse.

Many had no coaching to cope with the specialist space of policing and a few didn’t perceive the legislation. One detective constable commented at a baby safety convention {that a} lady of 12 had consented to sexual encounters, despite the legislation being clear {that a} little one of her age can not give consent.

An officer who labored within the area mentioned that in 2008 ‘there was no idea that there was a hidden challenge of youngsters being groomed and manipulated into abuse’.

Police officers were mentioned to ask inappropriate inquiries to abuse women, equivalent to ‘can you take pleasure in sex?’.It was additionally ‘accepted observe’ for little one concern referrals to be written off with no motion taken if there was no sufferer criticism.

The unique Rotherham abuse report by Professor Alexis Jay, printed in 2014, highlighted how authorities did not take motion in opposition to Asian suspects for concern of being labelled racist. The IOPC investigators discovered that was additionally the view of some victims.

There was consciousness amongst frontline officers of the excessive proportion of Asian males concerned within the abuse stories, however there were ‘missed alternatives’ to sort out the difficulty by approaching neighborhood leaders.

Steve Noonan, the IOPC director of main investigations, mentioned 13 suggestions had been made on account of the inquiry and the legislation wanted to be modified to make sure victims were supported and ‘not criminalised’.

He added: ‘I settle for some individuals shall be dissatisfied in regards to the particular person outcomes. However we’ve left no stone unturned to grasp what went mistaken, why and what has modified and what nonetheless wants to vary.’

South Yorkshire Deputy Chief Constable Tim Forber mentioned the drive was ‘very completely different’ in the present day, including: ‘The courageous accounts of those women prompted a seismic change in policing crimes of this nature for South Yorkshire Police and the broader police service.’

David Greenwood, a solicitor representing 80 Rotherham victims, mentioned the system of police complaints ‘supplied zero accountability and wishes reform’.

Bizarrely, the IOPC report was gender impartial, with each ‘survivors’ and ‘perpetrators’ being known as ‘they’ or ‘them’ as a substitute of ‘she’ or ‘he’. The IOPC mentioned this was to guard their anonymity.

Sequence of blunders that permit sex fiends off the hook

By Chris Brooke for the Every day Mail

Yesterday’s report detailed many instances of astonishing police incompetence.

One teenager, who was sexually exploited for 3 years from 1999, was discovered by police half-naked together with her abuser and hiding underneath a mattress.

She was then arrested for possession of a truncheon – supposedly so she might communicate freely to officers – however the incident was by no means adopted up and the person escaped arrest for lack of proof.

{The teenager}, who was abused whereas in care from the age of 14, recalled a separate incident by which a police constable spoke to her and an abuser in a police cell after they’d been arrested. He informed the person they’d take care of her as they knew she was his ‘lady’.

Abusers: (Left-to-right, top-to-bottom) Arshid Hussain, Basharat Hussain, Bannaras Hussain, Karen MacGregor, Shelley Davies, Qurban Ali

Abusers: (Left-to-right, top-to-bottom) Arshid Hussain, Basharat Hussain, Bannaras Hussain, Karen MacGregor, Shelley Davies, Qurban Ali

Abusers: (Left-to-right, top-to-bottom) Arshid Hussain, Basharat Hussain, Bannaras Hussain, Karen MacGregor, Shelley Davies, Qurban Ali

She mentioned she noticed the officer later shopping for steroids from the person.

He would have confronted a listening to for gross misconduct, however averted it by resigning.


Sammy Woodhouse, a sufferer of the Rotherham scandal, has slammed the failure to punish police officers who let down abused women.

Now a campaigner for victims of Asian grooming gangs, she has turned her life round after years of sexual abuse throughout her teenagers.

Mom-of-two Miss Woodhouse, 36, whose tormentor Arshid Hussain was jailed for 35 years, mentioned: ‘I’m completely disgusted that not one skilled will ever be held to account for the sexual and legal exploitation of myself and others in Rotherham.’

She was put into foster care by her dad and mom to attempt to cease her relationship with Hussain, a married 24-year-old father-of-two, when the sexual abuse started at 14.

But as a result of she had mentioned on the time she was besotted with Hussain, police and social employees stood by.

She twice turned pregnant by Hussain however no motion was taken because the authorities deemed she consented and refused to lodge a criticism.

They regarded her as a girlfriend slightly than abuse sufferer.

Hussain pressured her to abort the primary being pregnant.

She escaped her abuser at 15 when he was jailed for a violent offence.

Disgusted: Sammy Woodhouse

Disgusted: Sammy Woodhouse

Disgusted: Sammy Woodhouse

One other criticism was upheld regarding the police response to a ‘little one abduction case’.

The lady ended up being handed over to officers by the perpetrator as a part of a ‘deal’ to not arrest him.

The person’s identify and deal with was identified to police however the incident was not correctly recorded or shared with different companies.

The lady additionally claimed safe-guarding motion wasn’t taken despite officers often stopping a automotive she was a passenger in, that was owned and occupied by a perpetrator.

This criticism was upheld by the IOPC. One officer prompt to the daddy of a 15-year-old lady who had been raped in a Rotherham park that the ordeal would ‘train’ her a ‘lesson’.

She had important inner accidents which required surgical procedure and hospital employees suspected they were in keeping with rape.

Despite makes an attempt by police to encourage her to make a criticism, she refused and wouldn’t consent to a forensic medical examination.

The IOPC mentioned there was no proof police made any inquiries in regards to the suspect and missed the prospect to look at clothes taken from the lady on the night time of the incident.

In complete, there were 21 breaches {of professional} requirements by six officers throughout a two-year interval when the lady was being groomed and exploited by males.

A number of of her complaints were upheld however three of the officers retired and averted a possible misconduct listening to.

An abuse sufferer’s father mentioned a senior officer informed him that this sort of exercise had been happening for 30 years and the police might do nothing due to racial tensions.

The daddy initially described the policeman because the ‘chief constable’ and later as a ‘chief inspector’, however the criticism was upheld despite the fact that the officer remained unidentified.

In 2016, three brothers who groomed, raped and sexually assaulted 15 teenage women in Rotherham were jailed.

Arshid Hussain, 40, was jailed for 35 years whereas siblings Basharat, 39, and Bannaras, 36, were jailed for 25 and 19 years respectively.

Their uncle, Qurban Ali, 53, who was discovered responsible of conspiracy to rape, was jailed for ten years.

Affiliate Karen MacGregor, 59, was jailed for 13 years and Shelley Davies, 40, was given an 18-month suspended time period.

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