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Senior South Yorkshire cops knew of abuse suspects but didn't act

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2452

Senior South Yorkshire Police (SYP) officers failed to stop child sexual exploitation (CSE) despite being given a list of the main suspected perpetrators in 2003.

Reports from SYP drugs analyst Dr Angie Heal in 2003 and 2006 exposed the links between CSE and drug crime. The first included a list of the suspected main perpetrators of CSE in Sheffield and Rotherham.

The reports have now been released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Heal said abusers were “able to carry on with impunity”. She found “significant abuse” in Sheffield and Rotherham.

Dr Heal said there were differences between Sheffield and Rotherham in terms of the ethnic background of offenders. 

But she said the police response was the same—to dismiss and blame victims.

“It definitely wasn’t a priority,” she told the Sheffield Star newspaper. “It was around blaming the victims and not understanding the issue.”


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