Vic­tim ‘bumped into’ abuser in street

Middleton Guardian - - CHILD GROOMING SCANDAL -

A VIC­TIM of the Rochdale groom­ing gang has told how she ‘bumped into’ one of her abusers af­ter he was re­leased from prison.

The anony­mous vic­tim told Good Morn­ing Bri­tain how she ‘just froze’ when she re­cently came face to face with one of the gang.

The vic­tim, who was re­ferred to as ‘Lily’, told the ITV pro­gramme: “I bumped into one [of the men] in my hometown a few weeks ago.

“I just froze be­cause I was, like, what I do I do?”

Hor­ri­fied par­ents in Rochdale had called po­lice af­ter one of the gang mem­bers was spot­ted back on the streets where he had preyed on young vic­tims.

Lo­cals are said to have con­fronted one of them.

And po­lice had to visit the man’s fam­ily home on Fri­day as feel­ings ran high.

Wor­ried peo­ple in the town were even re­port­ing his move­ments on so­cial media fo­rums. One res­i­dent said: “A lot of girls they abused will still be liv­ing here. Peo­ple need to know they are back.”

An­other added: “I didn’t re­alise they were out. I’m dis­gusted we weren’t in­formed so we could warn our chil­dren.”

Fu­ri­ous neigh­bours first called po­lice be­fore the drama was aired af­ter freed of­fender Ab­dul Rauf was spot­ted in their street vis­it­ing the home of his wife and chil­dren.

Rauf, 48, was again seen in the quiet cul-de-sac as chil­dren played nearby.

He drove off af­ter res­i­dents rounded on him.

A po­lice spokesman said: “All we can do is mon­i­tor con­di­tions.”

A vic­tim of the Rochdale groom­ing gang told Good Morn­ing Bri­tain how she ‘bumped into’ one of her abusers af­ter his re­lease

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