The allegations were made by a former senior officer who said she raised the alarm over grooming gangs more than a decade ago
Suspected paedophiles are walking free in Manchester because of GMP’s failure to investigate claims of child sex abuse, a former senior officer has alleged.
Former detective constable Margaret Oliver said she first warned her bosses that Asian grooming gangs were preying on vulnerable girls in a report more than 10 years ago.
But despite passing on the names of at least 26 victims – and the men they had identified as abusers – she claims nothing was done and the problem has now reached epidemic proportions.
“From that time we have had 10 years where that problem has been allowed to develop and to grow and grow and grow,” she told ITV news.
Another former detective who reportedly raised the issue again in 2010 backed up her claims, alleging anonymously: “I told them young girls were being abused but they didn’t listen or resource the investigation.
“They were only interested in target crimes: robbery, burglary and car theft.
“Because this kind of crime is difficult to prosecute and didn’t show up quickly on crime figures they weren’t interested.”
The father of one of the victims of the Rochdale grooming gang also told the investigation GMP were not doing enough.
Rochdale Town Hall
Nine men were jailed over the abuse in 2012, but he said his daughter was promised there would be more arrests after she picked out other perpetrators in an identity parade last year.
Claiming there was “no follow-up, no anything”, he said: ”It tells me they are not dealing with it correctly.”
GMP chief constable Sir Peter Fahy – who is facing an IPCC probe into separate allegations of a mishandled sex offence case – admitted there had been mistakes in the past.
He said: “Some of our officers developed a mindset that victims in these sorts of cases would always be unreliable, and I think that was also a mindset which developed among prosecutors as well.”
Police’s attitudes had now changed, he claimed, but the court system had not.
Sir Peter said it meant GMP had to take a “broader” approach to preventing abuse, by taking away suspects’ away taxi licences, shutting down their shops or prosecuting them for other crimes.
“If that’s the only thing we can get them for, then that’s what we have to get them for,” he said.
by Manchester Evening News