Notable was the case of one girl identified only as “Sophie” who was sexually abused at age 12 by a Pakistani Muslim man. When she went to the police station to report being raped, she was told to come back when she was “not drunk” and was instead taken from the police station in a car where she was raped, then taken to a house and raped multiple times by five different Muslim men.
Oxford Mail Both Oldham Council and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) should apologize for their failings, the report concluded, after being “more concerned about covering up their failures” than acknowledging they failed to take action.
The 202-page report is authored by Malcolm Newsam, a renowned child care expert, and Gary Ridgeway, a former detective superintendent with Cambridgeshire Police. The report also details how Shabir Ahmed, the ring-leader of a notorious grooming gang in Rochdale, was employed by Oldham Council as a welfare rights officer and seconded to the Oldham Pakistani Community Centre.
Despite multiple concerns being raised about him and his arrest for the sexual assault of children, police failed to tell his employers. Ahmed, who was known as “Daddy” in the gang, is still serving a 22-year jail term for rape.
Maggie Oliver, the former GMP detective who turned whistleblower, said: “Another day, yet another report about the failures of a police force to protect the most vulnerable in our society, even when there is irrefutable evidence to prosecute offenders and safeguard children.
“This report yet again clearly evidences catastrophic failings by the force and their repeated attempts to cover up and hide these failings both from the victims and from the public they serve, and that is extremely worrying.”