Sex groom­ing case de­tec­tive con­sta­ble backs sacked MP

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ALEADING de­tec­tive in the Rochdale child groom­ing scan­dal has backed a Labour MP who quit the shadow cab­i­net af­ter fac­ing a back­lash for claim­ing Bri­tain has a prob­lem with Bri­tish Pak­istani men raping white girls.

Sarah Cham­pion re­signed as shadow women and equal­i­ties sec­re­tary and apol­o­gised for her “ex­tremely poor choice of words” af­ter warn­ing of a “prob­lem with Bri­tish Pak­istani men raping and ex­ploit­ing white girls” in a column for The Sun.

But Mag­gie Oliver, who per­suaded young girls who were be­ing sex­u­ally abused in Rochdale to speak to po­lice, lead­ing to nine gang mem­bers be­ing jailed in 2012, said Ms Cham­pion’s re­marks were not racist.

Eight of the Rochdale gang were Bri­tish Pak­istani and the is­sue has been thrust to the top of the agenda again fol­low­ing the con­vic­tions of 17 men and one woman over the sex­ual abuse of un­der­age girls in New­cas­tle.

The ma­jor­ity of the of­fend­ers in the New­cas­tle case were from a Mus­lim back­ground across Bangladeshi, Pak­istani, In­dian, Iraqi, Ira­nian and Turk­ish com­mu­ni­ties.

But Ms Oliver said Ms Cham­pion was right to fo­cus on Bri­tish Pak­ista­nis, while stress­ing that not all men from that back­ground are abu­sive.

The for­mer de­tec­tive told the Sun­day Ex­press: “Gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren have been sac­ri­ficed on the al­tar of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we are shy­ing away from the facts of this prob­lem. Sarah Cham­pion’s re­marks are not racist. Peo­ple have tip­toed around this for the past 15 years.

“Not all Pak­istani men are abu­sive but this kind of sex­ual crime and on­street groom­ing is pre­dom­i­nantly car­ried out by Pak­istani men on mainly vul­ner­a­ble white chil­dren.

“This is a warn­ing shot to any­one else who dares speak the truth, that they may lose their jobs. It merely serves to shut down all de­bate.

“To this day I’m not aware of a sin­gle po­lice of­fi­cer speak­ing out about these groom­ing gangs. I had to re­sign in or­der to do it and that was not an easy de­ci­sion to make.

“Remember that Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd has only just come out and said we mustn’t hide be­hind po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. Is this not ex­actly what’s hap­pen­ing here?”

Ms Cham­pion re­ceived back­ing from Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid and the Equal­ity and Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion fol­low­ing her res­ig­na­tion.

But Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn said it was “wrong to des­ig­nate an en­tire com­mu­nity as the prob­lem”.

“I don’t think you can la­bel a whole com­mu­nity,” he said.

“I think what you have to do is la­bel those that per­pe­trate dis­gust­ing and dis­grace­ful crimes against peo­ple and they can be from any com­mu­nity, they can be white, they can be black, they can be any com­mu­nity, but they have to be dealt with as the crime of what it is.”

For­mer De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Mag­gie Oliver (left) has backed Labour MP Sarah Cham­pion over her com­ments about child groom­ing

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