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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2022 8:47 pm 
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Sex offender assaulted 14-year-old after Oldham council renewed his taxi licence

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/0 ... ewed-taxi/

A council at the heart of a child sex abuse scandal handed out taxi licences to convicted offenders, including one who went on to attack a 14-year-old girl, a damning report has found.

Oldham Council approved the licences despite knowing some of the applicants had been accused of sexually abusing vulnerable teenage girls in the town.

In 2014, a review identified five drivers with serious criminal convictions, but only one of them had his licence revoked.

The following year Moshraf Ali, who had been allowed to continue driving, sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl as he drove her home late at night. He was jailed in 2017.

Details of the case were outlined in a report published on Monday detailing how child sex abuse victims had been systematically failed by Oldham council and Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

As well as the failure to root out paedophile taxi drivers, the report highlighted other areas where victims had been let down.

It documented how Shabir Ahmed, the ringleader of a notorious grooming gang in Rochdale, had been employed by Oldham council as a welfare rights officer and seconded to the Oldham Pakistani Community Centre.

Despite multiple concerns being raised about him and his arrest for the sexual assault of children, police failed to tell his employers.

“If this had happened, it may have potentially avoided the tragic abuse of other children,” the report stated, citing “serious multiple failures” by both GMP and the local authority.

Ahmed, identified only as “Offender A” in the report, is now serving a 22-year jail sentence.

Elsewhere the report also highlighted the case of “Sophie”, who was abused when she was 12 years old following numerous missed opportunities to protect her.

Sophie went to Oldham police station in October 2006 to report being raped by an Asian man but was told to come back when she was “not drunk”.

She was then taken away by a man who had been visiting the police station and raped numerous times.

The report was published following an independent inquiry that was set up following allegations on social media that the council had been covering up what it knew about grooming gangs in the town.

The report concluded that while the victims had been let down by those who were supposed to protect them, there was no evidence of an institutional cover-up.

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, who commissioned the report, said: “It is never too late to face up to past mistakes, to say sorry to those who were failed nor to prosecute those responsible for appalling crimes against children and young people.

“This review is helping us do all of those things and slowly but surely allowing the public to have confidence again.”

Stephen Watson, Chief Constable of GMP, said: “On too many occasions, we the police were not there for you when you desperately needed us, and for that, I am truly sorry.”

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2022 9:17 pm 
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Elsewhere the report also highlighted the case of “Sophie”, who was abused when she was 12 years old following numerous missed opportunities to protect her.

Sophie went to Oldham police station in October 2006 to report being raped by an Asian man but was told to come back when she was “not drunk”.

She was then taken away by a man who had been visiting the police station and raped numerous times.

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Elsewhere the report also highlighted the case of “Sophie”, who was abused when she was 12 years old following numerous missed opportunities to protect her.

Sophie went to Oldham police station in October 2006 to report being raped by an Asian man but was told to come back when she was “not drunk”.

She was then taken away by a man who had been visiting the police station and raped numerous times.

These things happen... ](*,)



I'm sure I have told the story before on here of the driver called to Stamford police station to pick up two youths who had been arrested for possession of a knife but police decided it was within the law so gave it them back. They were dropped off just outside Corby police station and robbed the driver at knife point. Corby police shrugged their shoulders and said nothing they can do

(that was 30 years ago now though)

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