Daily Mirror

Authoritie­s’ failures over groom gangs

- BY RYAN HOOPER

POLICE and councils are failing to identify and investigat­e child grooming gangs, a report warns.

The Independen­t Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said officials denied the scale of the issue, thinking incorrectl­y that it was “on the wane”.

Prof Alexis Jay, inquiry chair, said: “We found extensive failures by local authoritie­s and police forces in the ways in which they tackled this abuse.”

Data such as the ethnicity of abusers and victims was not collected and that may have helped identify offenders.

The inquiry, which covers England and Wales, said victims were often blamed by authoritie­s.

In some cases, children were even landed with criminal records.

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