SHOCK has been expressed after a report revealed referrals of possible child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases in Bradford have risen by more than two thirds in the past year, leading to renewed calls for a public inquiry.
Keighley mum Angela Sinfield called the news “outrageous” and said she would continue lobbying for an inquiry to be launched by Bradford Council as soon as possible, while Shipley MP Phil Davies branded the figures “shocking.”
The report from the Council’s strategic director of children’s services, Michael Jameson, will be discussed at a meeting of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee on September 6. It states that 431 cases were referred to the Bradford CSE Hub between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. That figure leapt to 713 referrals between 2015 and 2016 – a 65 per cent rise.
Police superintendent ‘sorry’ that officers missed the signs of grooming in the past
A POLICE superintendent has said he was sorry that West Yorkshire Police “missed the signs” of child sex grooming in the past.
Superintendent Vince Firth was speaking during a discussion on child sexual exploitation at a meeting of Bradford Council’s Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee tonight.
The discussion, which lasted over three hours, looked at the work being done in Bradford to deal with grooming, and featured speakers from the council, police and children’s charities.
Also attending the meeting were former Keighley MP Ann Cryer and Angela Sinfield, a Keighley mum who has campaigned for a public inquiry into how grooming has been tackled in the past.