Saturday, August 30, 2014

Scandal hit Rotherham 'deleted abuse files' - Telegraph

Scandal hit Rotherham 'deleted abuse files' - Telegraph:

Top ranking staff ordered raids to delete and remove case files and evidence detailing the scale of Rotherham's child exploitation scandal, sources have revealed.



More than 10 years before the damning independent inquiry revealed sexual exploitation of 1,400 children in Rotherham a raid was carried out on the orders of senior staff to destroy evidence, it has been claimed.



In 2002 high profile personnel at Rotherham Council ordered a raid on Risky Business, Rotherham council’s specialist youth service, which offered one-to-one help and support to vulnerable teenage girls, ahead of the findings of a draft report, according to the Times.
The raid was to remove case files and wipe computer records detailing the scale and severity of the town’s sex-grooming crisis, sources told The Times.



 It took place shortly after senior police and council staff became aware of the contents of the draft report of a 2000-01 research project that found evidence of a hidden child sex abuse scandal...