UK Sex Gangs Target Around 1000 Children, Ages 11 and Up

Vicky Round

Vicky Round

Mr Lowe, 73, told how police received a call from an untraceable pay-as-you-go handset last week warning that the bereaved father needed to "be careful" - as it emerged Lucy and another local potential grooming victim who died in her teens, 13-year-old Rebecca Watson, had displayed classic signs of being abused in the run up to their deaths.

Out of 12 - mostly unconnected - victims who spoke to investigators from the Mirror, more than 70 abusers were accused.

According to The Sun, one girl named Lucy Lowe was sixteen-years-old when she was killed along with her sister and her mum after her "abuser Azhar Ali Mehmood, 26, set fire to their house". The paper says authorities were warned of the abuse a decade before Operation Chalice.

An investigation by the Sunday Mirror has revealed Britain's worst ever grooming scandal, which saw authorities paralyzed for 40 years by fears of "racism" accusations as grooming gangs victimized up to a thousand girls in Telford.

Besides Telford, similar high-profile cases were also reported in Rochdale and Rotherham. Still, he was never arrested or charged for child sex crimes. The abuse began when she was only 11 years old.

Rebecca Watson was 13 when she died in March 2002 after falling from the bonnet of a vehicle near her youth club, in what driver Ahmed Nawaz claimed was a "prank" which went tragically wrong.

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'Barnardo's would support a public inquiry to understand what went wrong so the same mistakes are never made again.

"She had kept a tragic dairy which told of how she was forced to sleep around", and how the police treated her as the criminal. "I was crying out for help but it felt like I had nowhere to turn".

The relative, who asked not to be identified, said: 'Becky's behaviour changed soon afterwards.

Speaking outside Malinsgate Police Station, assistant chief constable (ACC) for West Mercia Police Martin Evans, also said that they were aware of all the cases that Sunday Mirror had directly referenced and the information is "not new to the police".

Conservative MP for Telford Lucy Allan told the BBC: "The IICSA will not investigate whether any of the authorities in Telford should be accountable".

The newspaper claims to have uncovered previously unseen files showing council staff chose to view girls being abused, trafficked, and even sold as "prostitutes" rather than victims.

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