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More than 1,000 children were raped and sexually exploited over 30 years in Telford where police and council officials ‘ignored’ abuse over fears investigating Asian men would ‘inflame racial tensions’

  • More than 1,000 children were raped and sexually exploited over 30 years
  • police and council officials in Telford ‘ignored’ abuse over fears investigating Asian men would ‘inflame racial tensions’, an inquiry has concluded
  • West Mercia Police has apologised to children who were sexually exploited 

More than 1,000 children were raped and sexually exploited over 30 years in Telford where police and council officials ‘ignored’ abuse over fears investigating Asian men would ‘inflame racial tensions’, an inquiry has concluded.

West Mercia Police has apologised to children who were sexually exploited in Telford over the past 30 years, saying their actions ‘fell far short of the help and protection you should have had from us’.

Speaking on behalf of the force, Assistant Chief Constable Richard Cooper, said: ‘I would like to say sorry. Sorry to the survivors and all those affected by child sexual exploitation in Telford.

‘While there were no findings of corruption, our actions fell far short of the help and protection you should have had from us, it was unacceptable, we let you down.

‘It is important we now take time to reflect critically and carefully on the context of the report and the recommendations that have been made.’

A public inquiry was launched by Telford and Wrekin Council after a Sunday Mirror investigation in 2018 concluded that around 1,000 children could have been sexually exploited in the Shropshire town over a 40-year period.

The inquiry concluded that more than 1,000 children were sexually exploited over at least 30 years in Telford amid ‘shocking’ police and council failings.

Unnecessary suffering and even deaths of children might have been avoided, had West Mercia Police (WMP) ‘done its most basic job’ in acting on reports of such crime, according to findings published today.

For decades child sexual exploitation (CSE) ‘thrived’ in the Shropshire town and went ‘unchecked’ because of failures to investigate offenders and protect children amid fears that probes into Asian men would ‘inflame racial tensions’.

 

Read more at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11006757/More-1-000-children-raped-sexually-exploited-30-years-Telford.html