Tories refuse to cover cost of child rape gangs probe
HOME Secretary Sajid Javid is refusing to fully fund Britain’s most highprofile child abuse probe.
The decision over the rape gangs investigation in Rotherham has opened up a £20million black hole in the finances of South Yorkshire Police.
A fund called the Police Special Grant can be used in such cases. But the Home Office will not meet the full cost of the continuing abuse probe, which has so far put 14 men in jail for rape and child sex.
Sources say the operation will need 200 officers until 2024, but without support the cost threatens policing across the county.
South Yorks has already lost more than a fifth of its government funding and a tenth of its front-line officers. It is now considering limiting its PCSO staff to office hours only.
Tory Police Minister Nick Hurd says the funding decision is to “incentivise” the force to run its investigation “efficiently”.
But full funding WAS granted to protect the Tory party conference, President Trump’s state visit and the royal wedding.
Labour MP Stephanie Peacock said: “What kind of government pays out for policing their own conference, but refuses to fund the biggest child abuse investigation in history?
“It is ordinary people across South Yorkshire who will pay the price.”