Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Rotherham abuse lawyer: More evidence will link perpetrators to police, Essex Police under investigation over 'failings' by child abuse unit

Rotherham abuse lawyer: More evidence will link perpetrators to police   
Complaints have been made about the late Pc Hassan Ali alleging he was unwilling to pursue claims of exploitation 
By Telegraph reporter  09 Feb 2015

A child abuse lawyer has revealed more damning evidence could emerge in the Rotherham scandal that shows a link between police and perpetrators.

David Greenwood, of Switalskis Solicitors, represents 38 of the 1,400 children found to have been sexually exploited in the South Yorkshire town.

He revealed that two of them asked him to make official complaints about Pc Hassan Ali - who died in hospital this week following a collision with a car - alleging he was unwilling to pursue their claims of exploitation.

Mr Greenwood said the officer's death would not be the end of the matter, and the wider scandal "is not going away".

He said: "I'm pretty certain it will be bigger than it is even now.

"I think that evidence will emerge of links between perpetrators and police. It may be there was, as I have said, an unofficial policy of not pursuing these complaints....

The National Crime Agency is leading the investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

Earlier this month, a police officer and two councillors in the town were accused of having sex with underage girls.

Essex Police under investigation over 'failings' by child abuse unit
Essex Police apologise to alleged victims of child abuse after 'uncovering problems' with 30 investigations over a three year period

By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent  11 Feb 2015

A police force has apologised to alleged child abuse victims after uncovering “concerns” with 30 investigations dating back to the 1960s.

Cases involving 59 victims that were investigated by Essex Police are now being re-examined after various allegations were made against detectives working in one of the force’s child abuse units.

Some detectives have been accused of failing to arrest suspects or carry out thorough investigations, while others have allegedly been dishonest or have lacked integrity while carrying out their duties.

One officer has been suspended and 11 others placed on restricted duties after a decision was made to refer 30 investigations to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).... 

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