Telford sex-crime claims 'sensationalised', says police chief

Telford's police chief has denied the town has a specific problem with child sexual exploitation, saying it is no different to anywhere else.

Superintendent Tom Harding accused the Sunday Mirror of "sensationalist" reporting, after it said 1,000 children may have been abused by grooming gangs. He said he had no idea where the figure had come from.

"I don't believe Telford has a discernible problem compared to other towns," he told the Shropshire Star.

"Child sexual exploitation will be taking place all over the country, and Telford is not different to anywhere else.

"I'm confident we understand the scale of the problem here, and we have got the resources here to deal with it."

Mr Harding said the police now had a dedicated team of officers which worked closely with the local authority to ensure the victims of exploitation received support.

Operation Chalice

Mr Harding said the West Mercia force had also learned a lot from Operation Chalice, an undercover police investigation which led to the prosecution of seven men for sexual exploitation of children in the town.

Advertising

He said that as a result of the investigation, Telford was now at the forefront in tackling sex crimes against children and spotting signs of abuse.

"I am really confident that, working with the local authority, we would quickly identify any signs of organised criminality," he said.

See also:

Advertising

Mr Harding said the claim in the Sunday Mirror that there may have been 1,000 victims was not a figure he recognised.

"Child sexual exploitation is a crime that is under-reported, but I don't know where they got those figures from," he said.

Mr Harding said the recent rise in the number of sex offences reported to police was a sign that people are more confident in coming forward than in the past. He said of the sex offences reported to the police, 35 per cent were more than a year old.




Date: 14 March 2018 | Source: Shropshire Star

More Telford News

 Police appeal after bikes recovered from Telford property

Two bikes believed to be stolen have been recovered from a property in Tel..

 Settlement ‘offers no respite for Telford & Wrekin Council'

Telford & Wrekin Council says the local government finance settlement ..

 Newport's community panto has moved venue - oh yes it has!

A beloved community pantomime will return to Newport this week - but in a ..

 Shropshire farm aims for top of the shops

A farm shop in Shropshire has been nominated as a finalist for a prestigio..

 Future Fit transport plans under discussion

A shuttle bus service could be introduced to ferry patients between Shrops..

 Confessions from the barber's chair

Barbers are returning to the high streets as men look for value from their..
View More

More UK News

How MI5 phone-tapped Sylvia Pankhurst

The suffragette argued that duplicate lines were "opposed to the best interests of the community"

Skin creams can lead to fire deaths

Products for conditions such as eczema can leave people at risk of setting themselves ablaze, expert..

"Friends" lookalike fails to attend court

Magistrates issue a warrant for Abdulah Husseni's arrest after he misses a court appearance

National Action trial: Members of neo-Nazi group jailed

A couple who named their child Adolf in honour of Hitler are sentenced alongside a third defendant

2018 statistic of the year: Plastic waste fact tops list

Facts about the environment, Kylie Jenner and Jaffa cakes all make the list
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

[[countdown here]]
[[countdown here]]

Upcoming Events in Telford

01 Jan 2019

Friday 1 February 7.30pm


Advance: £18

On the door: £20

View Details

06 Jan 2019

6:30pm


Tickets from £10

View Details

11 Jan 2019

Friday 11 January 7.30pm


Adult £15

Child/Concession £14

Family of 4 (minimum 2 children) £52

View Details

16 Jan 2019

7:30pm


Tickets £21.50

View Details

19 Jan 2019

Saturday 19 January 7.30pm


Tickets £25

View Details
View More