‘With it being Asians, we can’t afford for this to be coming out’: Police chief admitted force ignored sex abuse by grooming gangs for 30 years for fear of stoking racial tensions
A police watchdog upheld six complaints against South Yorkshire Police force
It quotes chief inspector who admitted the force turned a blind eye to organized child sexual abuse
The report comes after failings by Manchester police officers were also found
By JACK ELSOM FOR MAILONLINE
18 January 2020
Sex attacks on young girls by Asian Muslim grooming gangs were ignored by police for fear of stoking racial tensions, a damning report has revealed.
A chief inspector from Rotherham was found to have admitted South Yorkshire Police force turned a blind eye to the harrowing cases of abuse, which he referred to as ‘P*** shagging’.
This was despite acknowledging the horrors against underage English girls had been happening for three decades.
The unnamed senior police officer said: ‘With it being Asians, we can’t afford for this to come out,’ according to the Times, which has seen an advanced copy of the Independent Office for Police Conduct’s five-year investigation.
The probe, code-named Operation Linden, upholds six complaints against South Yorkshire Police from one of the child victims of sexual exploitation.
Her father told the newspaper: ‘She’d been missing for weeks and he [the chief inspector] was talking as though she was an adult doing it of her own free will.
‘He said it had been going on for 30 years and that in his day they used to call them P*** shaggers. I told him she was a child and this was child abuse.’
Between 1997 and 2013, more than 1,400 youngsters in the Rotherham area were abused by gangs of males, who were almost all of Pakistani heritage.
The report into South Yorkshire’s failings comes at the end of a week in which Manchester police chiefs are facing scrutiny for dropping their investigation into Asian Muslim grooming gangs.
Greater Manchester Police detectives launched Operation Augusta in 2004 after the death of a 15-year-old girl, who previously told carers she had been raped and injected with heroin by an Asian man.
But the probe was mothballed a year later despite the force uncovering almost 100 paedophiles in south Manchester who later went on to rape and abuse dozens of young girls in the areas.
Former detective-turned-whistleblower Maggie Oliver lambasted the officers in charge for dropping the investigation, which the report revealed left 97 men free to groom 57 young girls.
The horrific crimes of Asian Muslim grooming gangs were laid bare in a 2018 trial when six men were jailed for a total of 101 years after sexually exploiting five vulnerable teenage girls.
The men targeted girls who were ‘easy to exploit because they wanted to be loved’ – sexually abusing them in parks, abandoned buildings and secluded locations.
The offences were committed against five girls under 16 in the Rotherham area between 1998 and 2005.
One of the victims told a trial how she was made to have sex with ‘at least 100 Asian men’ by the time she was 16 and another described how she was gang-raped in a forest and threatened with being abandoned there.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: ‘South Yorkshire Police recognises the failings of its past and accepts the findings of the IOPC.
‘It is unfortunate no individual officer has been identified by the IOPC as this is not something we tolerate in today’s Force.
‘The themes within this report have been understood by South Yorkshire Police for some time, and the identified learning has already been embedded within our organisation.
‘Since the Jay Report was published in 2014 South Yorkshire Police has developed a far deeper understanding of child sexual exploitation.
‘We are not deterred from pursuing justice due the characteristics of the offender. This is demonstrated in the many convictions we have secured in relation to CSE in recent years.’
IOPC director of major investigations Steve Noonan said: ‘We are continuing to make significant progress with Operation Linden and we have completed more than 90 per cent of the enquiries we have identified so far.
‘A small number of investigation reports still need to be completed and our investigation into the actions of the former senior command team at South Yorkshire Police during the period of our investigation continues and is progressing well.
‘Our priority throughout the investigation has, and always will be, the welfare of the many survivors of child sexual abuse we have been engaging with. As their individual cases conclude we provide them with a personal update on our findings.
‘At the conclusion of all of our investigations we intend to publish an over-arching report covering all of the findings, outcomes and learning from our work on Operation Linden.’