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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children cruelly exploited, report finds


We make no apology for running our PBROTRIB links on blogs related to Peterborough Childrens Services, following the release today of a truly shocking report into widespread abuse of some 1,400 children in  Rotherham.

Repeatedly Conservative P'boro Cllr Sheila Scott Cabinet Mbr for Childrens Services and the expensively hired Mrs Susan Westcott, have fudged or refused point blank to answer key issues over child abuse in Peterborough.

There is no place to hide.

Can we be certain that Peterboroughs children are indeed safe with our Childrens Services?  


BBC News Look East January 15th 2014 asked the recently appointed (Salary £125,000:00 + perks; PCC also employs an ex Haringey Social Sevices Deputy on an astonishing Salary of £95,000:00 + perks) Peterborough City Council Director of Childrens Services Mrs Susan Wescott  "Why did you allow this to happen in the first place?" 

Some of the children involved were already known to PCC Childrens Services, Social Workers (average salary £26,000 no perks) The department still hopelessly understaffed, poorly rated and with an ever increasing workload. 

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Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28939089

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28943381#
Prof Alexis Jay: "It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse the child victims suffered"

At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.

Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said.

The report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, revealed there had been three previous inquiries.

Council leader Roger Stone said he would step down with immediate effect.

Mr Stone, who has been the leader since 2003, said: "I believe it is only right that as leader I take responsibility for the historic failings described so clearly."
Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist”
Professor Alexis Jay

The inquiry team noted fears among council staff of being labelled "racist" if they focused on victims' description of the majority of abusers as "Asian" men.

'Doused in petrol'

Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the latest report, said there had been "blatant" collective failures by the council's leadership, senior managers had "underplayed" the scale of the problem and South Yorkshire Police had failed to prioritise the issue.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Peterborough brutal 'child sex' gang found guilty - PCC Why did YOU allow this to happen in the first place? 

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PCC Spin machine falls hopelessly apart...


Floundering: Mrs Susan Westcott  on BBC LOOK EAST

BBC News Look East January 15th 2014 asked the recently appointed (Salary £125,000:00 + perks; PCC also employs an ex Haringey Social Sevices Deputy on an astonishing Salary of £95,000:00 + perks) Peterborough City Council Director of Childrens Services Mrs Susan Wescott (above)  "Why did you allow this to happen in the first place?" 

Some of the children involved were already known to PCC Childrens Services, Social Workers (average salary £26,000 no perks) The department still hopelessly understaffed, poorly rated and with an ever increasing workload. 

We are all still awaiting an answer to the question.  "Why did you allow this to happen in the first place?" 


Meanwhile former Peterborough City Council Solicitor, now the PCC Chief Executive Gillian Beasley (Salary £170,000:00 + perks), one moment standing outside the Old Bailey in London was then doing the rounds of TV and Radio Studios (Sky also supplies radio) only to be soundly ambushed in the Channel 4 News studio, and dropped from later Sky News bulletins.

Stewart Jackson MP for Central Peterborough, on camera, some unhelpful - verging on stupid - comments on the Peterborough Roma population, effectively countered by a very articulate well briefed Cambridgeshire Police constable named Petr, himself from a Roma family..... Police have worked exceptionally hard on this series of investigations, and should clearly take the majority of the credit. 

His official statement was couched in somewhat different terms, but omits the fact that a Serious Case Review is to be held:

Statement from Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson
regarding today’s verdicts at the Old Bailey on Peterborough sex attacks.



“Peterborough will be a safer place today, especially for vulnerable young women.   The guilty verdicts send out a signal that British justice has been done and that this criminal behaviour is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated in any community, including the Roma community The statutory agencies in Peterborough, particularly the City Council and Cambridgeshire Police, have worked well together in dealing with these appalling crimes and their victims but there are important lessons to be learnt at how we protect vulnerable young women from predatory paedophiles and the role of the State as de facto parents to children from dysfunctional families and broken homes. The rights of and welfare of the victims must be paramount. There are no second class citizens in the UK.
The experience of a similar grooming case in Oxfordshire shows the importance of a central, pro active “hub” approach, by different agencies working in partnership, to identify abuse early and deal with it quickly. 

We need to redouble efforts to ensure that immigrants from EU countries are working, contributing and paying taxes and if not they should be removed from the UK with urgency if participating in criminal conduct.
I will be writing to the Secretary of State for Justice to ensure that these foreign convicted criminals are permanently deported on release from custody.”

Hopefully this will act as yet another major wake up call for Peterborough Childrens Services.  

Cllr Sheila Scott OBE Conservative PCC Cabinet Member for Childrens Services, up for re-election in May was unavailable, as was PCC Council Leader Conservative Marco Cereste, unavailable but up for re-election next year.  


Peterborough brutal 'child sex' gang found guilty  - 32 convictions....



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A brutal child sex gang based in Peterborough, Cambridgshire has been found guilty in London at the Central Criminal Court.  32 convictions, comprising a series of rapes and sexual assaults against five vulnerable girls, one as young as 12 years old.  Zdeno Mirga, 18, described by one victim as the "boss", was convicted of eight counts of rape and one count of inciting child prostitution, following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Two boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were convicted unanimously of various counts of rape and sexual assault. Susequently  Hassan Abdulla, 33, was convicted by a majority of the jury of four rapes and three counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Another boy was also found guilty by a majority of sexual activity with a child, but cleared of rape.  The gang, who are of Czech, Slovak and Kurdish origins, abused five girls aged between 12 and 14 in Peterborough. Victims A and B are of Czech/Slovak origin, while the other girls, victims C, D and E, are English.

The case came to light when victim A was taken into care and began to tell her social worker what had been happening to her. She was 12-13 years old at the time of the offences from April to December 2012.


Zdeno Mirga's brother Dusan, 20, David Ziga, 19, and a teenage boy, were cleared by the jury, who deliberated over the verdicts for some 34 hours.

Judge John Bevan QC adjourned for sentencing on February 20th

 
Gillian Beasley PCC Chief Executive
formerly the councils solicitor
outside the Old Bailey earlier today.
Media presentational training
urgently required.

Peterborough City Council Chief Executive Gillian Beasley who was the PCC Solicitor for many years and is currently overseeing the closing down of 14 childrens centres, is on a damage limitation exercise tonight urgently touring the TV and Radio studios. Clearly if the Childrens Services provided by the Peterborough City Council , as previously extensively reported by the PBROTRIB, had been up to national standards, social workers fully trained and up to strength, then it is a possibility the abuses could have been detected much earlier.

Peterborough City Council Cabinet portfolio holder for Childrens Services Cllr Sheila Scott (Conservative) who also works in London 'on a daily basis', was not to be seen.

The Crown Prosecution Service - CPS, tonight said the conviction of a Peterborough child sex gang, who preyed on vulnerable girls - some as young as 12 - is one of the worst the Service has seen.

The fact that eight individuals faced a total of 46 charges of sexual abuse, including some which carry maximum penalties of life imprisonment, demonstrates the extent and seriousness of the offending which was alleged against them. 
This case is one of the worst cases of child sexual abuse we have seen. The defendants all denied organising and controlling the abuse of five girls who were aged between 12 and 13 years old.
One girl of 13 years who had learning difficulties, was particularly exploited, being forced to perform sexual acts with other males in exchange for money and threatening her if she refused. This is child sexual abuse at its worst, preying on the vulnerable for sexual gratification.
– Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England Grace Ononiwu


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Today, 30 years since its creation, RSF has enough experience and on-the-ground support to defend press freedom on a global scale. RSF accomplishes its work through its wide network of correspondents established in 130 countries, its 12 offices (Vienna, Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, Helsinki, Berlin, Madrid, Stockholm, Geneva, Tunis, Washington DC, London, and Paris) and its consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe.

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ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.


Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).

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