Mum of grooming victim in Oldham tells GB News she was sent ASBO after 'disrupting' council meeting

Debbie Barratt-Cole denies throwing a missile and swearing at an Oldham Council leader

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The mum of a grooming victim in Oldham has said she was given an ASBO after criticising the council at a meeting on the matter.

Debbie Barratt-Cole was handed the order for her alleged behaviour at the event.

Speaking exclusively on GB News’ Mark Steyn, Mark asked Ms Barratt-Cole: “What did you say they’d done to deserve that ASBO?”

To which Ms Barratt-Cole replied: “They said that I encouraged a man to climb over the barrier, they said I had thrown a missile, they said I had sworn abusive language to a council leader, I didn’t do any of those things at all.

Debbie Barratt-Cole and Mark Steyn
Debbie Barratt-Cole and Mark Steyn

“They said I disrupted the meeting, they’ve got a list of all sorts realty which is all untrue.

“I won’t repeat what they say I said, but I didn’t say it because I don’t say it.

“Apparently, I threatened a journalist, there’s all sorts.”

In June, victims of grooming gangs in Oldham received official apologies after a major report said police and the local council failed to protect some youngsters from sexual exploitation but concluded there was no official cover-up.

The report looked into the alleged grooming of children in council homes, shisha bars and by taxi drivers in the town and concluded there was no evidence of a cover-up or “widespread” child sex abuse in those settings.

Despite “legitimate concerns” from police and the council in Oldham of the far right capitalising on the issue of grooming by predominantly Pakistani men, the authorities in the town, which suffered race riots in 2001, did not shy away from tackling the issue, the report said.

The ASBO given to Ms Barratt-Cole
The ASBO given to Ms Barratt-Cole

But the authorities did fail some children, the report concluded.

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, who commissioned the report, said: “It is never too late to face up to past mistakes, to say sorry to those who were failed nor to prosecute those responsible for appalling crimes against children and young people.

“This review is helping us do all of those things and slowly but surely allowing the public to have confidence again.”

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.

Both Oldham Council and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were accused of being “more concerned about covering up their failures” than acknowledging they failed to take action.

GMP then took a “less than candid approach” with MPs, with claims the Home Affairs Select Committee was misled about Sophie’s case.

The 202-page report was authored by Malcolm Newsam, a renowned child care expert, and Gary Ridgeway, a former detective superintendent with Cambridgeshire Police.