Police ignored child sex abuse gangs to chase Labour targets for car theft: Whistleblower says money was directed away from protecting children in order to pursue ‘priority crimes’
Police were too busy chasing Labour crime targets to protect young girls
Whistleblower says money was diverted away to pursue ‘priority crimes’
Meeting targets on car crime linked to top officers’ pay in South Yorkshire
Girls suffered abuse at hands of sex gangs in Sheffield and Rotherham
By JAMES SLACK and RICHARD MARSDEN FOR THE DAILY MAIL
27 April 2015
Police ignored the sexual abuse of hundreds of young girls because they were too busy chasing Labour crime targets that would earn bonuses for senior staff.
Whistleblower Tony Brookes, a former detective who tried to investigate the abuse, said money was diverted away from protecting the children from rape, trafficking and beatings in order to pursue so-called ‘priority crimes’.
The offences, which included car crime, were considered crucial for satisfying a target culture introduced by the last Labour government.
Now it has emerged the same targets were also linked to performance-related pay for top officers at South Yorkshire Police.
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