Rotherham child abuse scandal: Missing files 'fuel public suspicion of a deliberate cover-up, say MPs
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Independent
Posted: October 27th, 2014
Fears of a deliberate cover-up by public officials of the sexual abuse of children in Rotherham have been fueled by the large number of documents ... which have vanished, an investigation by MPs has concluded. They urged the Home Office to examine claims that files were stolen from a locked council office in the South Yorkshire town. At least 1,400 girls as young as 11 were groomed and abused by gangs in the town over a 16 year period. The committee raised suspicions that officials colluded to conceal evidence. The MPs heard from a former researcher who was hired by Rotherham Council. She referred in a report, which was about to be sent to the Home Office, to the alleged indifference towards, and ignorance of, child sexual exploitation on the part of senior managers, the committee said. An unknown individual subsequently gained access to her office and removed all of the data relating to the Home Office work. There were no signs of a forced entry and the action involved moving through key-coded and locked security doors. "She was also subjected to personal hostility at the hands of Council officials and police officers, the committee said. The MPs said: This is not the first case in which it has been alleged that files of information relating to child sexual exploitation have disappeared. Keith Vaz, the committee chairman, said: A number of individuals attempted to bring these crimes to light, only to face obstacles from the council and police."
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