Andrew Norfolk’s Perspective

A disturbing pattern is repeated again, and more cases to come

The Northumbria prosecution means that Newcastle upon Tyne has joined a growing list of towns and cities in which groups of south Asian men have stood trial for street-grooming sex crimes against girls in their early teens. It will be not be the last.

It is understood that a significant number of investigations into similar alleged crimes are being conducted by police forces across the country. In some cases, arrests are thought to be imminent. In Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, 27 men aged from 25 to 53 were charged earlier this year with offences including rape, trafficking for sexual exploitation, child abduction and sexual activity with a child.

Their alleged victims, between 2004 and 2011, were 18 girls aged from 11 to 17. The prosecution has been split into three trials that are due to be heard at Leeds crown court next year. A further 16 arrests were made last month in connection with the case.

Chief Inspector Ian Mottershaw, leading the inquiry, said the men were accused of “abhorrent crimes that affect the most vulnerable in our society”.

In 2011, The Times accused child-protection authorities of failing to acknowledge and tackle a hidden crime model in which organised groups of men used alcohol and drugs to groom girls in their early teens before subjecting them to sexual abuse.

The newspaper reported a series of criminal cases since 1996, each treated as an isolated incident, that revealed a disturbingly similar pattern involving hundreds of girls. Those reports, and the newspaper’s subsequent exposure of the Rotherham scandal, triggered several national inquiries and a transformation in the police approach. Since 2011, groups of men have been prosecuted for organised sex-grooming crimes in Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford, Telford, Leeds, Birmingham, Norwich, Burnley, High Wycombe, Leicester, Dewsbury, Middlesbrough, Peterborough, Bristol, Halifax and Newcastle.

In all but two of those, most of the offenders were Muslim men of south Asian heritage, predominantly of Pakistani origin. In all but three, the victims were teenage white girls.

Offences also happened in …
Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bristol, Burnley, Bury, Carlisle, Derby, Dewsbury, Halifax, High Wycombe, Keighley, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Oldham, Oxford, Peterborough, Preston, Sheffield, Skipton and Telford

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8 thoughts on “Andrew Norfolk’s Perspective

  1. Society owes Andrew Norfolk a great debt. His unswerving and lasting dedication to unearthing the hard evidence on which prosecutions could be brought and could be won in respect of multiple hideous and systemic criminal sexual and trafficking acts against the youngest and most vulnerable among us has had far too little recognition.
    Without his work and the courage of all the brave women and children who have testified about the abuse they have suffered, criminality on an industrial scale would still be going unchallenged.
    At long last it appears the law enforcement agencies are finally changing the scale of their activities to bring down the legion of perpetrators who previously would have gone barely challenged to our national shame.
    In the USA Andrew Norfolk would have won a Pulitzer Prize and probably several times over. So I add my voice to what I hope will become a clamour that this great journalist should be accorded the recognition he so clearly deserves.
    And to RothPol my separate thanks for keeping these heinous criminal acts in the centre of public attention. Long may you do so.
    Kindest regards
    Chris Longley .


    • I used to admire him for his journalism reporting the scandal until I found out he sat on the story because of his liberal views. How many children got sacrificed because of limp wristed liberals?


  2. Why is the media so coy about one word.
    Check out McLoughlin’s book highlighted on this site
    The word Asian is used.
    This defames many Asians. Sikhs are not involved, in fact their children have been victims
    Hindus are not involved and their children have been victims
    No Buddhist have been involved nor Animists!
    The correct term ought include the common thread.
    These criminals are mainly Muslims.
    Why the coyness. A fact is a fact.
    This does not imply any collective guilt on others of that faith! In effect it harms them as in the eyes of the ignorant there is implied guilt by association that is not justified
    If you read Sarah Wilson’s book you will know she was saved from the gangs by an elderly Muslim, may he rest in peace.


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  4. A disturbing pattern is repeated again, and more cases to come does he mean by this vulnerable young girls some with drink and drug problems being let down by both the Council and police. Isn’t it better to prevent children from being abused rather than clear up the mess afterwards?In Newcastle although the informant told the police when and where the parties were going to happen police never stopped them.In Newcastle a child was picked up from a care home driven to a party given drugs and abused before being returned to the care home stoned and with £200 in her pocket.How is that care?Anyone who abuses children should be punished and that includes council workers and police by whose inaction the abuse was allowed to occur


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