‘The parents of the five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King face being barred from visiting him until at least the end of the week as part of “inhuman” restrictions placed on them after the boy was made a ward of court by a judge.
Brett and Naghemeh King remain in custody in separate prisons in Madrid, and could be in jail until Thursday, after an extradition hearing was postponed on Monday.
Meanwhile Ashya is under police guard in a hospital in Malaga, hundreds of miles to the north. The family fear his health may be deteriorating because he is likely to be afraid and “confused”.’
‘The ball bounces high in the shadows off the gable end and a handful of kids chase it down the road. Under the stairway to the flats nearby, half a dozen teenage girls lie sprawled on the concrete, sheltering from the slate-grey drizzle. They watch the ball ping back up the street, strung out in the fading evening light, as the acrid smell of cannabis hangs overhead. Further down the road, a group of lads in hoodies mill around the off-licence asking passers-by if they can buy a few cans of strong lager for them.
It’s a scene you’ll find in many parts of northern England and one I’m all too familiar with. Even now, when I see the boredom and despair in kids’ eyes out on the streets, the same feeling comes back to me. Growing up in a single-parent family near Burnley, drinking at 14 and hanging around off-licences asking grown-ups to buy me a drink, just as I see in Rochdale now, I knew about the vulnerability of kids roaming the streets with nothing to do. There were dangers then, but now it’s worse. For gangs of men looking to groom kids to be violently abused, they’re easy prey.’
‘Picture the scene; a taxi is pulled over by an officer from South Yorkshire Police who finds a half-naked 12-year-old in the back of the cab so drunk or drugged that she can hardly stand. When interviewed, the taxi driver is found to have pornographic pictures of the girl on his phone.
The officer hands back the phone and – no doubt with a smart salute and a cheery “Mind how you go sir” – waves the child rapist on his way.
To to do otherwise would be racist, because the taxi driver happened to be Asian, you see. Our police may no longer be much good at protecting the vulnerable, but they are world experts when it comes to respecting “cultural sensitivities”. Isn’t it good to know that all that expensive diversity training has gone to good use?’
‘The crime tsar defying calls for his resignation over the Rotherham child grooming scandal came under fresh pressure to quit last night after The Mail on Sunday uncovered damning proof that he ignored a mass of evidence of abuse.
Shaun Wright, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, has claimed the scale of the crisis was a ‘huge surprise’ to him after a report revealed at least 1,400 girls in Rotherham were abused by gangs of predominantly Asian men.
But a dossier of more than 20 files provides powerful evidence that in his former post as cabinet member for children’s services in Rotherham, Mr Wright must have been aware social services were dealing with hundreds of children at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse.’
‘Top ranking staff ordered raids to delete and remove case files and evidence detailing the scale of Rotherham’s child exploitation scandal, sources have revealed.
More than 10 years before the damning independent inquiry revealed sexual exploitation of 1,400 children in Rotherham a raid was carried out on the orders of senior staff to destroy evidence, it has been claimed.
In 2002 high profile personnel at Rotherham Council ordered a raid on Risky Business, Rotherham council’s specialist youth service, which offered one-to-one help and support to vulnerable teenage girls, ahead of the findings of a draft report, according to the Times.’
‘An investigation reveals that at least 1,400 children as young as 11 years of age were subjected to ‘appalling’ sexual exploitation in England’s town of Rotherham during a 16-year time period.
According to an independent probe by Professor Alexis Jay, the children were victims of gang rape and other forms of abuse from 1997 to 2013.
‘No one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013,’ Jay said.’
‘One child victim among some 1,400 covered in a report into sexual exploitation in Rotherham has said the officials who failed to act are as guilty as the perpetrators.
Using the assumed name Emma Jackson, she told BBC Radio 5 Live that she had been abused from the age of 13.’
‘Even those of us who warned for years of young girls being traded in provincial towns as sex slaves were shocked at yesterday’s revelations of the scale of the crimes.
Particularly shameful was the silence of police, councillors and senior social workers. For crucial information about the crimes that had been given to the authorities — often by parents frantic about their daughters going missing or turning up drunk and dishevelled late at night — was either suppressed or ignored.
And so the brutal street-grooming and sexual abuse went on for 16 years. One girl quoted in the report says she thought ‘gang-rape was a usual part of growing up’.’
‘Sir Cliff Richard has been interviewed under caution by South Yorkshire Police detectives investigating a sex crime claim involving a young boy.
The veteran star voluntarily met members of South Yorkshire Police at their premises on Saturday, and was not arrested or charged.
South Yorkshire police said they had spoken to a 73-year-old man.
“The man was interviewed under caution but was not arrested. He entered South Yorkshire Police premises by arrangement,” a police spokesman said.’
‘Niger’s Agriculture Minister Abdou Labo has been detained over suspicion of baby trafficking from neighboring Nigeria, officials say.
“Abdou Labo was imprisoned Saturday at the civilian prison in Say, 60 km (37 miles) southwest of Niamey (the capital). This is in the framework of the investigations into baby trafficking,” said a judge, who name was not mentioned in the reports because of his anonymity request.
Labo’s arrest came after 17 people, including his wife and spouses of other politicians, were jailed late June as part of a police probe into a baby-trafficking network. Police suspects that the detainees acquired new-born babies from Nigeria.’
‘Despite his reputation as a womaniser and fondness for malt whisky, a daily habit that brought about his premature death aged just 61, the funeral of Sir Nicholas Fairbairn in 1995 was marked by an outpouring of respect and admiration.
As more than 1,000 luminaries crammed into St John’s Kirk in Perth, the former Tory MP’s significance as a political figure was underlined by the presence of Lady Thatcher, who had promoted the brilliant solicitor to her first Cabinet in 1979.’
‘These are, in no order of importance, the continuing ability of the political Establishment – from all corners of both houses – to hide, cover up, ignore or pervert evidence pointing strongly at the commission of very serious crimes by its members; and the quite extraordinary desire of the odd sociopathic moron here and there to earn a living by exacerbating the level of confusion, in order to allege that showbiz males from a bygone age were also committing equally serious crimes.
As with phone hacking – once the Right-leaning media started to cover it, Murdoch was in big trouble – the same syndrome can be seen in that those media are now gradually taking Westminster’s involvement in organised child molestation and trafficking seriously. Sadly, they’re also yelling their heads off about the celeb-groping sector too, but let’s leave that for a few paragraphs and stick with the real McCoy.’