VIDEO: Rotherham Council leader and Jason Harwin from SYP apologise

VIDEO: Rotherham Council leader calls for trust despite past abuse failings

Rotherham Council has moved on from past failures and is committed to supporting victims of sexual abuse, its leader has said.

Coun Chris Read said the guilty verdicts in the abuse trial, in which several people were found guilty of a number of offences in Rotherham, were a ‘really important step forward’.

Read on… http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/video-rotherham-council-leader-calls-for-trust-despite-past-abuse-failings-1-7747284

VIDEO: Rotherham police chief says ‘we’re sorry’ over Rotherham abuse

Rotherham’s top police officer has apologised to victims of sexual abuse in the town.

District commander chief superintendent Jason Harwin said mistakes had been made in dealing with reports of abuse, following guilty verdicts in the two-month abuse trial.

Read on… http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/video-rotherham-police-chief-says-we-re-sorry-over-rotherham-abuse-1-7747301

VIDEO: Reaction to conviction of Rotherham child sex grooming gang

Five people have this afternoon been found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of a range of child sexual exploitation offences which took place in Rotherham.

Brothers Arshid and Basharat Hussain were found guilty of multiple rapes and indecent assaults of teenagers in the South Yorkshire town.

Read on… http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/video-reaction-to-conviction-of-rotherham-child-sex-grooming-gang-1-7746705

First Rotherham abuse prosecution since publication of Jay Report

The convictions of the Hussain brothers and their associates is the first successful prosecution of a grooming gang in Rotherham since the child sexual exploitation scandal engulfed the town 18 months ago.

Rotherham became a byword for the exploitation of teenage girls and the failure of police and social workers to stop it happening with the publication of the Jay Report in August 2014.

Read on… http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/first-rotherham-abuse-prosecution-since-publication-of-jay-report-1-7746583

Child sex abuse trial: Police and council welcome guilty verdicts

DETECTIVES, councillors and politicians have welcomed the guilty verdicts passed on three men and two women for 45 child sex offences.

The jury in the Rotherham child sex abuse trial today returned guilty verdicts on five out of seven defendants after more than three days of deliberations.

Another defendant admitted ten offences before the trial, meaning six people are guilty of 55 offences against 15 young girls.

Det Chief Insp Martin Tate, of South Yorkshire Police, said the verdicts were “the first step in learning from mistakes in how the police deal with CSE”.

Read on… http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/102001/child-sex-abuse-trial-police-and-council-welcome-guilty-verdicts.aspx

Pakistani community “must not bury our heads in the sand” over child sex abuse

MUSLIM community leader Mohammed Shafiq today hailed justice for the victims of the Rotherham child grooming gang and called for the Pakistani community to not “bury our heads in the sand” over abuse.

Four men — brothers Arshid Hussain (40), Basharat Hussain (38) and Bannaras Hussain (36), and Qurban Ali (53) — and two women — Karen MacGregor (58), of Wath, and Shelley Davies (40), will be sentenced for a total of 55 grooming and child sex offences on Friday.

Mr Shafiq, chief executive of the national Ramadhan Foundation, said that the criminals had brought shame “on their families, community and friends”.

Read on… http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/101996/pakistani-community-must-not-bury-our-heads-in-the-sand-over-child-sex-abuse.aspx

‘Don’t bury heads in the sand over abuse’ says Muslim commentator after Rotherham verdicts

A Muslim commentator has warned British Pakistanis against ignoring grooming gangs that operate in their communities.

Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, was speaking after three men and two women were found guilty of a range of offences involving the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Rotherham.

Read on… http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/don-t-bury-heads-in-the-sand-over-abuse-says-muslim-commentator-after-rotherham-verdicts-1-7746559

UKIP Jane Collins: “Still much more to do on abuse”

UKIP MEP Jane Collins this week welcomed the convictions of six defendants in the Rotherham child sex abuse trial this week but insisted: “There is still a way to go before victims get justice.”

Ms Collins, a 2015 general election candidate in Rotherham, said: “There are still many more perpetrators on the streets, who frankly should be behind bars.

“It is essential that the authorities are seen to be pursuing those who have committed these horrific crimes, not only for the survivors who are entitled to justice, but also to help rebuild public confidence.

Read on… http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/101997/ukip-jane-collins-still-much-more-to-do-on-abuse-.aspx

Press release from Jane Collins Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP

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Jane Collins has said she is “pleased” at the conviction of six people on charges related to the Rotherham CSE scandal, but that “there is still a way to go before victims get justice.”

Ms Collins, who was a candidate in Rotherham during the 2015 general election, spoke out following the convictions of six defendants at Sheffield Crown Court today on charges related to the Rotherham abuse scandal, highlighted in Professor Jay’s 2014 report.

Ms Collins said, “While I am very pleased that this trial has resulted in convictions, there are still many more perpetrators on the streets, who frankly should be behind bars.”

“It is essential that the authorities are seen to be pursuing those who have committed these horrific crimes, not only for the survivors who are entitled to justice, but also to help rebuild public confidence.”

Ms Collins continued, “Having met a number of CSE survivors, I know that convictions are an important part of the healing process. I cannot imagine what it must be like for young people to see their abusers getting away with these awful crimes.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the victims whose bravery made these convictions possible and would encourage all those who suffered abuse to speak out to someone they trust.”

MP John Healey: “No hiding place” for child sex abusers

Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey welcomed the convictions of three men and two men on 45 child sex offences today, saying: “It has taken 18 months since Alexis Jay exposed the extent of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, but some of the worst offenders have now been brought to justice.

“There is no doubt the police did not properly investigate allegations in the past and these were totally unacceptable failings, as I’ve said from the start.

Read on… http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/101998/mp-john-healey-no-hiding-place-for-child-sex-abusers.aspx

Full story: First Rotherham Trial at Sheffield Crown Court

15 thoughts on “VIDEO: Rotherham Council leader and Jason Harwin from SYP apologise

  1. I wish I had a pound for every time I have heard the same mealy mouthed platitudes from Rotherham Councillors, South Yorkshire Police and the police commissioner. Sir Nutkins looked somewhat embarrassed at being asked what he knew.
    Dave Smith

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  2. Council leader calls for trust, how! When there are still councillors serving who where there at the time and have still been reselected for the coming elections

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  3. Healey…” no hiding place”…should also apply to the three local MPs sitting at the time. Healey and Barron simply had to know what was going on and to continue in their roles is a shameful abuse that says everything about the reality of “socialist” ideals.

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  4. Healey uses his sleight of hand to blame the police whilst not referring to his pals on the council.

    Is this because cllrs know he was tipped over over the years abut the abuse?

    So much for MPs working with Cllrs and police closely.

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  5. So we have had six convictions, well there must have been 100’s who took advantage of these girls, when will the rest be convicted. I dread to think who can vote Labour come May, they failed systematically like this on all areas of their policies.

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  6. After viewing the interview from Council Leader Chris Reed, I find it hard to beleive that he is really taking this seriously, How unprofessional chewing Gum really! His comments “All I can do now is try and get the council right” his he trully saying that Rotherham can move forward when they are still councillors serving who where there at the time and have still been reselected for the up-coming all out elections elections. Another comment he made “there were people who didn’t believe these young women, who thought they were trouble causers”. These people he talks about are the people currently still employed by RMBC and some are still acting coucillors.
    He also spoke about money being spent on childrens services, While the Members of the overview and scrutiny management board wave through the proposals to move away from an ‘open for all model’ and cut £1million from the Rotherham’s youth centres when little is known how this will work.
    Rotherham will never move forward while there is a leader giving his 100% backing to these cllrs.

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  7. Despite his craven apology Read has not yet disclosed if an inquiry into the missing 21 laptops is dead or ongoing?
    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/emails-reveal-how-rotherham-council-bosses-covered-up-laptop-theft-details-1-7473181

    How can he explain this?
    ‘One member of the discredited council Cllr.Dominic Beck has resurfaced as Chairman of the Standards Committee which seems very bizarre given he was a member of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board which was allegedly supposed to review what all the separate scrutiny panels were discussing.’

    Perhaps Supt. Harwin can explain this:
    ‘Fresh evidence has emerged that authorities in Rotherham were warned about child sexual exploitation in 2003 and again in 2006. Police and council officials took no action despite being told organised gangs were grooming and abusing girls.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-32586558
    The section of the report made public said “many of those involved in running child sexual exploitation rings in South Yorkshire were involved in other areas of organised crime, such as drug dealing and prostitution”.
    “Dr Heal’s 2003 report was contained in an information pack, which was presented to Rotherham Council in November 2004. It went not only to police and local government but to safeguarding boards and the Labour government.”
    How many RMBC Social Workers have been fired/disciplined for encouraging the relationships between young girls and Asian rapists?

    One small step for justice. One giant leap for hypocrisy.

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