Independent sex abuse inquiry will not fully investigate Telford scandal, MP fears

Independent sex abuse inquiry will not fully investigate Telford scandal, MP fears

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

An investigation by the Sunday Mirror gathered allegations of abuse in the Shropshire town said to include cases involving girls as young as 11 who were drugged, beaten and raped. A 14-year-old had her phone number sold to paedophiles and was raped.

Out of 12 - mostly unconnected - victims who spoke to investigators from the Mirror, more than 70 abusers were accused.

In 2014, revelations that as many as 1,400 children were sexually abused by gangs of predominantly Asian men in Rotherham shocked Britain.

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

Social workers were said to have known about the offending as far back as the 1990s, but it took cops a decade to launch a probe.

Mehmood was jailed for the triple murder, but was never arrested or charged in connection with any child sex crimes over his sexual relationship with the underage girl, who became the mother of his child.

In 2016-17 the local authority received 337 contacts raising concerns about child sexual exploitation relating to 224 young people, more than half of whom were referred to child protection teams. "Later it was established she has been part of an "#Asian grooming gang" since she was 11-years-old, according to the Mirror.

He rejected calls for an independent inquiry, saying: 'I do not know why it would be necessary.' He said the council had worked hard to tackle child sexual exploitation and victims now had greater confidence to report abuse.

"He might call himself her boyfriend but she was underage".

Rebecca Watson was 13 when she died in March 2002 after falling from the bonnet of a auto near her youth club, in what driver Ahmed Nawaz claimed was a "prank" which went tragically wrong. At the time, it was described as a prank gone wrong. "Girls like Becky were treated like criminals", she told the newspaper. I can't bear to think she was being groomed and wasn't able to ask for help'. "If Becky's abuse had been properly investigated by the authorities more girls could have been saved from going through this hell". A year ago the Home Office spent time visiting the area and personally paid thanks to the commitment of our staff working to protect young people at risk from sexual exploitation.

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