For­mer de­tec­tive has writ­ten to abuse vic­tims about TV show de­ci­sion

Rochdale Observer - - NEWS -

FOR­MER De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Mag­gie Oliver has en­tered the Celebrity Big Brother TV house as an un­likely re­al­ity con­tes­tant and house­mate.

Mag­gie, who re­signed from Greater Manch­ester Po­lice claim­ing that the force had failed the vic­tims of the Rochdale sex groom­ing scan­dal, says she has writ­ten a letter to the girls she en­cour­aged to speak out to ex­plain about her de­ci­sion to ap­pear on the Chan­nel Five re­al­ity show.

Speak­ing with pre­sen­ter Emma Willis ahead of en­ter­ing the famous house, she said: “The last thing I want is for the girls to feel let down by me.

“I’ve writ­ten each of them a letter. So girls, you’ll be get­ting a letter from me to­mor­row morn­ing.”

Mag­gie from south Manch­ester, had been cen­tral to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Rochdale groom­ing case and she per­suaded vul­ner­a­ble and re­luc­tant girls to give ev­i­dence against the pae­dophiles who had sex­u­ally abused them for years.

But one of the vic­tims she con­vinced to speak ended up be­ing por­trayed as a mem­ber of the groom­ing gang in the sub­se­quent trial.

Mother-of-four Mag­gie, who was played by Les­ley Sharp in the BBC One drama Three Girls, later be­came a vo­cal critic of how po­lice had han­dled the case.

She re­signed in dis­gust at the treat­ment of one of the girls, who was orig­i­nally por­trayed as a ‘madam’.

Al­though she was cen­tral to the plot and was in­ter­viewed, the girl was not in the dock and never ap­peared as a wit­ness.

Be­fore the case started, the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice de­cided she had been a vic­tim be­fore be­com­ing a per­pe­tra­tor and ruled it was not in the pub­lic in­ter­est to pros­e­cute her.

Au­thor Katie Piper tweeted: “Oh wow Mag­gie Oliver is go­ing in, I hope she talks openly - this is go­ing to be good.”

CBB watcher Chris La­timer wrote: “This woman Mag­gie Oliver is a f ****** LEG­END if you’ve never heard of her she’s the one who helped bring pub­lic aware­ness of the Rochdale groom­ing scan­dal #Celebri­tyBigBrother.”

TV blog­ger El­liot Gon­za­lez said: “Mag­gie Oliver, whilst not a celebrity, is a very spe­cial woman. What she did for those girls was in­cred­i­ble and she is to be ap­plauded.”

And Gemma Carter com­mented: “Wow! Mag­gie Oliver sim­ply has to win Celebrity Big Brother she is such an amaz­ing woman who fought against so much to get jus­tice. What a woman!”

●●Mag­gie Oliver with host Emma Willis as she en­tered the Celebrity Big Brother House

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