Not long after the first rumblings of the enormous problem Rotherham has, a blog by the name of Roth Brad Politics came into existence.
On the 23 January 2013 this post appeared. It gives many clues as to the arguments being exploited to justify inaction, because it didn’t exist!
That ‘myth’ has been de-bunked. Those that wrote this post and those providing supportive comments, should be thoroughly ashamed of their own part in this deception.*
Posted on January 23, 2013
“Having read some outlandish allegations against Rotherham Council and some Councillors on the now discredited blog RP concerning child exploitation and the role of some taxi drivers alluded to in the select committee, I sent a simple e mail to some of the Cllrs and below is the response from the Deputy Leader Cllr Jahangir Akhtar
The training session held on the 5th December was the first of a number which were due to be repeated early in 2013. Three more sessions have now been arranged for dates in February and March when its anticipated the remaining councillors will attend one of these sessions.
The sessions will be delivered jointly by the Manager of The RMBC sexual exploitation team and SY Police. The training is designed to be interactive and allow time for questions and debate so is best delivered in small groups of around 16 participants. There was never any intention of delivering this type of “training” to a room of 63 members at one go and it was always our intention to deliver this type of training in the way described above
Question Re licensing
We have considerably strengthened arrangements in Rotherham following concerns that some licensed private hire / hackney carriage drivers were associated with suspected Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). We have required enhanced level checks from the Disclosures and Barring Service (and its predecessor organisation) as a matter of course for many years. However, in recent years we have strengthened the links between the Safeguarding Children Board and the Licensing Authority and the officers that support both, to ensure that information regarding any potential risks of harm to children or adults is shared between departments in an effective and expedient manner.
To supplement this, we also hold regular Responsible Authority meetings which engage all the appropriate responsible bodies including senior representatives from the Licensing Team and the Manager of the Safeguarding Children Board. Information regarding child protection issues is shared at this meeting if it relates to any licensed premises or individuals (including taxi and private hire drivers).
In addition, Rotherham MBC Licensing have been leading on a county wide initiative to introduce a training package that covers adult and child safeguarding issues, (including CSE). It is anticipated that this training will be delivered to all new hackney carriage / private hire driver licence applicants as part of the application process. The issuing of a licence will be dependent on the successful completion of this training.
In the last few years, there have been four cases where we had concerns relating to a child safeguarding or sexual exploitation matter. All four drivers had urgent action taken against them to prevent them acting as taxi drivers. On receipt of information, three drivers were immediately suspended. The fourth prospective driver had a licence application refused by the Licensing Board on the basis of historical information relating to CSE. None of these individuals now operate as taxi drivers in Rotherham. Of these four, one driver subsequently had his licence revoked by the Licensing Board, a second remains suspended pending further investigation, the third voluntarily surrendered his licence and the fourth driver appealed the Licensing Board’s decision at the Magistrate’s Court, however the Court dismissed the appeal.
Finally I challenge anyone to produce a single piece of evidence to support the outrageous allegations that ” certain aggressive cllrs stopped investigation” These allegations are total lies.” Read the comments
The final sentence hints at the primary author of this, it’s vintage Jahangir Akhtar!
Note* Those involved in promulgating this total fabrication, include Jahangir Akhtar and two of his children Azizzum and Tanveer now going by the name Tanveer Khan (since his dad got him a job in the planning department), Mahroof Hussain his two ‘nephews’, Vakas and Muhbeen Hussain (desperately engaged in trying to make themselves look good on social media with self invented organisations, such as British Muslim Youth, for example), Said Omar Mohammed (formerly known as Stephen Mullins was a wife beater and child sexual exploiter) he says he is on a retainer paid for by Mahroof and Jahangir and finally Donald H Buxton, who appears to have swallowed this fantasy whole, he also goes by the name GraldHunter and clearly shows him involved, in this pretence.