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Thirty arrested in child sex grooming inquiry Bradford

Thirty arrested in child sex grooming inquiry Bradford

Thirty people have been arrested in the space of two months in the Bradford area by police investigating child sex grooming, an inquiry by MPs was told yesterday.

Kris Hopkins, the Conservative MP for Keighley and Ilkley, said the crackdown – revealed to him, by the police – showed the days when alleged “political correctness” made the authorities reluctant to act were gone.

Arguing it was impossible to say whether child grooming was increasing, or on the decline, he told the inquiry: “It’s highlighted now – people have the confidence to come forward and the police are pursuing people.

“Across the Bradford district, at this moment in time, 30 people have been arrested in the last two months and there are ongoing cases.”

“I’ve no doubt at all that the police – certainly the police who work in my area – know what’s expected by the law and by politicians as well.”

Praising Chief Superintendent Angela Williams, commander of the Airedale and North Bradford division, Mr Hopkins said: “There’s no political correctness. Leaders in the district want those perpetrators of this vile activity brought to justice.”

The MP was speaking to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, which has started an inquiry into child grooming, after scandals in Rochdale and Rotherham.

In November, Mr Hopkins triggered a furious row when he claimed gangs of Muslim men were “going round and raping white kids”, fuelled by a cultural background that encouraged brutal sexism against all women.

Yesterday, the MP urged the Pakistani community to “come to terms” with the problem, telling the committee that Pakistani women were the key.

Mr Hopkins said he had met Home Secretary Theresa May – and would soon meet Communities Secretary Eric Pickles – adding: “I want to get women empowered in that community. Young leaders, to really become the voice in that community, and really challenge the behaviour of men.”

The inquiry also heard from Ann Cryer, the former Keighley and Ilkley Labour MP, who spoke out against sex abuse by a minority of Pakistani men in Keighley a decade ago – a campaign which resulted in her being branded a racist. Yesterday, Mrs Cryer noted the lack of action, back in 2002, by police and council social services, saying: “It seemed they were terrified about being called racist.”

The former MP said she had “mixed emotions” about discussing the issue so many years later, telling MPs: “I am pleased that people recognise that what I was saying was right. But I’m very upset that – after 12 years, or 11 years – we are still getting these cases.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman later confirmed the figure given by Mr Hopkins of 30 arrests in the Bradford area was correct. He said they were as a result of a number of different investigations, but declined to comment on the nature of the investigations. He said all 30 people had been released on police bail and that no charges had yet been brought against any of them.

Last night, Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services at Bradford Council, said tackling sexual grooming was a top priority and there was a ‘very effective operation’ going on.

He said: “I’m fully behind the partnership between Bradford Social Services, the police and Barnardo’s in working to tackle any sexual grooming by anyone on anyone.”

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/10192832.Thirty_arrested_in_child_sex_grooming_inquiry/

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  1. And did you know that the average punjabi family child does not know that their is a telephone contact for them to use called the “CHILDLINE”. Did you know most punjabi families would not know who to contact in such crisis …

    • I feel sad ,daughters and my young sisters of my loving England been targeted because they have different faith.
      wake up England you are loosing your respect .People used to shipped other side of world because they pinched
      2 sliced of bread. Now our respect and faith been challenged.

      • One thing I cant understand is this family has to move from London to leicester because of these bastards, and the Sikh community did not come forward to help them. If police is unable to help the community, then the community should take matters in their own hand to sort this evil doings of muslims.

  2. I just watched the bbc doc about muslim grooming, iam a british/bangladeshi muslim myself, i really didnt realise this huge problem our comminutiy has, as a muslim i feel ashamed and disgusted by these sick people. I wana also add i think you guys are doing a great job in provideing a service and support to these girls and their familys. Keep the good work going, hope soon we dont need the sikh awareness society because we wont have these problems.

  3. As a sikh woman with two daughters I was absolutely mortified! I know we have had problems in our community for about ten years but to see the extent of the damage I was shocked. Men like that have daughters more or less the same age group as the girls they were abusing did they feel no embarrassment?

    I feel these men should be locked up with keys thrown away. They are sick paedophiles who need to be shut down.

    I do hope there are more people like Mohan Singh who are not afraid to confront such issues as opposed to being typical Asians who brush things under the carpet. Thank you and may god bless.

  4. First of all I would like to applaud Mr Mohan Singh Ji for the good work which he is kindly doing for our community, and I have been watching recent programs based on Grooming and the follow up shows on sky channel 840 hosted by Mr Mohan Singh Ji and other presenters.

    I watched last nights show and I found it to be very informative and watched with great interest together with my 9 year old daughter, after the show I tried to explain what the show was focusing on to her.
    As it has been said time after time we need to educate our children starting from the home, listening to them, being there for them is essential, we need to devote our time to our children as much as possible out of our busy working life, tell them what is right and what is wrong.
    This will hopefully be a step in the right direction.
    Our gurdwaras all need to start addressing this issue, instead of focusing on this serious issues, they are busy looking at other unnecessary issues.
    Please keep up the good work SAS!

  5. Sorry want to say one thing more I would like to add is, we as a Sikh community are too busy looking at what our relatives have and what their children are doing, instead of all this, we need to focus on our own household and children. We are failing our children by losing our focus, we are too busy with our working life/overtime that we fail to recognise that our children exist and what their needs are from us as the “parent”, when we fail to give them the time that they need then their focus drifts onto the wrong path, its very hard to keep tabs on children 24/7 but we need to try, and try to see what our children are upto and what is in their mind.
    I sincerely hope us as the parents together with the support of SAS can tackle this, and conquer the issue of grooming. Our children are too innocent and crystal clear and these b******* are taking advantage of this, we have to stop these evil dogs from succeeding in their dirty motives.

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