Police ‘put cap on arrests’ in Rochdale sex abuse inquiry: Social worker whistleblower says dozens of offenders are still on streets
- Dozens of child sex offenders are still walking free, whistleblower says
- Sara Rowbotham accuses police of ‘having a cap’ on the number of arrests
- Child rapists and abusers are still preying on children, she has claimed
- She says police chiefs became obsessed with convicting just nine men
- Meanwhile many more were ‘allowed to escape’, Miss Rowbotham said
Dozens of child sex offenders are still walking the streets because police refused to arrest them, according to a whistleblower,
Sara Rowbotham has accused police of putting a cap on the number of child sex offenders they arrested for raping and abusing young girls.
The veteran social worker, who was responsible for gathering the main evidence in the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case, said that as a result dozens of sex offenders were still walking the streets preying on children.
Dozens of child sex offenders are still walking the streets preying on children because police did not arrest them, whistleblower Sara Rowbotham said (file picture)
Miss Rowbotham said limited resources and manpower during the investigation meant police had let sex offenders slip through the net.
She said because police bosses became obsessed with convicting just nine perpetrators they left dozens free to continue raping and abusing young girls.
‘It’s very shocking but there are dozens of child sex offenders still on the streets because they put a cap on the number of people they would arrest,’ she said.
‘In the end this was just a tiny proportion of the number of offenders raping and abusing children and they were allowed to escape.