Fear of racism trumps everything else – even when we have a massive problem with grooming gangs, says Patrick Christys
We have a massive problem with grooming gangs in this country
I wouldn't be surprised if every city had one and we can't ignore the presence of men of Pakistani heritage or South Asian heritage within them.
A new report has come out into the Oldham grooming gang scandal. We’ll add that to the list shall we: Aylesbury, Telford, Keithly, Rotherham, Rochdale, Newcastle, Manchester…take your pick.
The report apparently unearthed that there was no official cover-up.
Well, it doesn’t matter if the cover-up is official or not, because there’s always one underlying element that needs to be factored in – the fear of racism. The fear of stoking up racial tensions.
The fear that people might get so angry at the fact that vulnerable working class white girls are being gang raped on an industrial scale that they’d take to the streets and take matters into their own hands – like vigilante justice.
That fear trumps everything else. The fear of not offending the Muslim community or not stoking racial tensions trumps getting justice for young, child rape victims.
The people who the police should worry about offending are the victims, not the vile perpetrators.
The report highlighted the case of one girl, identified only as “Sophie”, who was abused aged just 12, after “significant opportunities missed” to protect her.
She went to Oldham police station to report being raped by an Asian man in October 2006.
She was told to come back when she was “not drunk” and instead taken in a car by a man also visiting the police station, then raped in the vehicle, before being taken to a house and raped multiple times by five different men.
I personally investigated the Telford grooming gang scandal, during one interview with a victim, her attacker walked past her in the street.
One of the Rochdale grooming gang members is allegedly working as a delivery driver, so he could drop a pizza round to one of his victims any day of the week.
While the report said police didn't shy away from tackling the issue of race, I have to wonder - how far did they push things?
I think police are often too afraid of the backlash to actually do anything about the issue.
Stephen Watson, Chief Constable of GMP said: “If you think you have got away with it, you are wrong. And we are coming for you.”
It’s too little, too late. The damage has been done. Instead of acting retrospectively, why not act more proactively?
The fact is, from where I’m sitting, our police force has priorities.
And, as we've seen, in far too many areas of the country, vulnerable, young, working class white girls are right at the very bottom of that list of priorities.