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Rotherham: What the police did with teenage ‘prostitutes’, Pakistani men and complicit councillors

by | 7th, February 2015

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PC Hassan Ali was killed crossing a Road in Sheffield. He was stuck by a blue Vauxhall Corsa on January 28. PC Hassan Ali served with South Yorkshire Police as neighbourhood policing officer based in Rotherham. He had 18 years service with the force.

He wasn’t on duty at the time of his death. We can’t be certain what was going through Mr Hasan’s mind before he was killed. But this Sky News headline encourages us to guess:

Rotherham Abuse Scandal Policeman Dies

That is followed by:

The death of PC Hassan Ali, who was reportedly being investigated by the police watchdog, is not being treated as suspicious.

That report is in the Sheffield Star :

South Yorkshire Police said Pc H assan Ali, 44, died today after he was involved in a collision in Sheffield last month when was off-duty. It is understood that complaints had been made about Pc Ali which related to the scandal involving the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham and he was under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

No policeman has been arrested over the abuse of hundreds of children in Rotherham. Not one. The only prosecution has been against eight of Pakistani-origin men. In 2010, five defendants were convicted and jailed for a total of 32 years.

If Professor Alexis Jay’s report is correct and at at leasts 1,400 girls were subjected to abuse over 16 years, justice demands more arrests and more convictions.

Andrew Norfolk reported for the Times :

A corrupt police officer and two councillors have been accused of having sex with victims of one of Britain’s worst child abuse scandals, The Times can reveal…

Complaints against the two Rotherham councillors are understood to have been sent to the National Crime Agency, which is investigating child-sex crimes in the town. One of the councillors is still serving.

Allegations against the police officer, who is also said to have regularly passed information to abusers targeting vulnerable children for sex, have separately been referred to the police watchdog by the South Yorkshire force.

A second officer is accused of neglect in his duty because he allegedly failed to take appropriate action after receiving intelligence about his colleague’s conduct. The claims are being assessed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

In 2012, when The Times published confidential documents revealing that police officers and council officials had known for at least a decade that girls in Rotherham were being groomed, pimped and trafficked by men with virtual impunity, the local authority’s response was to demand a criminal inquiry into the leaking of the documents.

The council threatened High Court action to block another story and also hired a firm of solicitors to expose the “security breach”….

Senior police officers and council officials were said to have known of the abuse yet chose to “disbelieve, suppress or ignore” evidence of multiple crimes.

At which point we’d ask: where is Charlene Downes?

PC Hassan Ali has not been named in connection with any of that. His colleagues make a statement .

Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton said Mr Ali was a “well-liked officer” and colleagues had been left “devastated” by his death.”All of our thoughts are with Hassan’s family and on behalf of the force I would like to offer my sincere condolences at this incredibly difficult time,” he said.

What do we know?

According to the Sheffield Star, a complaint had been made against Pc Ali after he asked a sexual exploitation victim in Rotherham on a date on two occasions. The paper said today that it had held off on publishing this story before his death after they were told by detectives that the officer was the subject of a monitoring operation.

Police and media working together. Why? Isn’t transparency what we’re after? Or are there bigger fish to fry?

Only now do South Yorkshire Police  go on the record:

 “South Yorkshire Police received four public complaints relating to alleged misconduct of an officer. The force referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

The Star said the officer had been placed on restricted duties while the IPCC carried out a preliminary investigation.

It said one of the people who complained was the victim of abuse between the ages of 14 and 17 and Pc Ali had been involved her case. The paper said she complained when she was an adult that the officer asked her out twice when she was 17 and when she was 21 saying: “It was inappropriate. He was a police officer who knew that I was being abused. It is totally unprofessional.”

She said she turned him down on both occasions.

The woman told the Star that Pc Ali’s first approach to her was when he had managed to get her a picture of her young son’s father – her abuser – from police files.

In other news:

Ten police officers are to be investigated over the handling of child sex abuse cases in Rotherham, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has announced. The police watchdog said the South Yorkshire Police officers were all identified through the Jay Report…

All together 13 officers had been referred to the IPCC, but three – who were identified through a separate internal review by the force – will not face investigation at this time.

IPCC Commissioner Kathryn Stone explains:

“The amount of public concern across the country about this episode and the impact on confidence in the police means it is important that a fully independent investigation is conducted to establish how South Yorkshire Police dealt with child sexual exploitation.”

Look out for the phrase lessons must be learned’:

“I sincerely hope that victims and their families will see this investigation as a positive step towards answering the many questions they must have. I have met with South Yorkshire Police and am reassured by their commitment to fully cooperate with the investigation.”

What they want is justice. The National Crime Agency is investigating, gathering evidence to bring the rapsits to court. But until we know more, Rotherham continues to fester.

Andrew Norfolk again:

Whitehall-appointed commissioners are to take over Rotherham council after a report exposed a culture of complete denial about the town’s child sexual exploitation scandal as well as “bullying, sexism, suppression and misplaced ‘political correctness”’.

The damning report found that men of Pakistani origin were allowed to abuse hundreds of young white girls in the town in part because council staff were terrified of being labelled racist if they challenged the sex crimes.

Louise Casey’s best value inspection of Rotherham metropolitan borough council, conducted under section 10 of the Local Government Act 1999, can be read in full :

Communities and Local Government Minister Eric Pickles writes :

…both members and officers lack the confidence to tackle difficult issues for fear of being seen as racist or upsetting community cohesion

And:

Louise Casey’s report uncovered serious weaknesses in the council’s taxi licensing where sufficient steps to ensure only fit and proper persons are permitted to hold taxi licenses have not been, and are not being undertake…

Writes Casey:

Terrible things happened in Rotherham and on a significant scale. Children were sexually exploited by men who came largely from the Pakistani Heritage Community… Upon arriving in Rotherham, these I thought were the uncontested facts. My job was to conduct an inspection and decide whether the Council was now fit for purpose. However this was not the situation I encountered when I reached Rotherham. Instead, I found a Council in denial. They denied that there had been a problem, or if there had been, that it was as big as was said. If there was a problem they certainly were not told it was someone else’s job. They were no worse than anyone else. They had won awards. The media were out to get them…

Child abuse and exploitation happens all over the country, but Rotherham is different in that it was repeatedly told by its own youth service what was happening and it chose, not only to not act, but to close that service down.

And on race:

There is a small but established community in Rotherham which is of Pakistani heritage which accounts for around 3% of Rotherham’s population… Other ethnic
minorities, including the Czech and Slovak Roma, in total account for 8% of the population…

Inspectors heard evidence from a range of quarters that indicated RMBC struggled historically a nd into the present day with the issue of race. It seems that with an intention of not being racist, their ways of dealing with race does more harm than good…

Inspectors heard a range of views and thoughts from interviewees about attitudes to race and culture that caused them concern and reinforced the conclusion that the Council could not deal sensibly with the is sue. Indeed, some Councillors held racist or wholly outdated or inappropriate views. Many of these views were known about but not challenged.

Says one current Councillor:

“The girls, the way they dress, they don’t look 14-15 years old, the way they make up they look more adult. They go into clubs, get served in bars, It’s very difficult for me, very modern dress…..They have been fooled definitely [men in Asian Community]. The British Asians. If you hav e identified so many perpetrators, why have there been so little arrests? They feel British Asians have been hit by Jay.”…

The former Deputy Leader, Jahangir Akhtar, was sometimes seen to

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  • mahatmacoatmabag

    Its time somebody in the government called a spade a spade. Mass Grooming attacks on underage White Christian girls by gangs of Pakistani men up & down the UK are not merely a cultural problem it is in fact a Terrorism problem. Time to put MI5 on to it, these attacks are not random & once again its down to the extremist preaching of Islam in the Mosques that Islam permits crimes against Infidels as part of global Jihad & the establishment of the Caliphate worldwide.