A lawyer who led prosecutions against a child sex abuse ring in Telford has said those cases were the “tip of the iceberg”.
Former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal, who also oversaw similar high-profile cases in Rochdale, said he knew “more would come out”.
Speaking amid calls for a new inquiry, he said there were probably thousands of street grooming victims in the UK.
West Mercia Police said it took all allegations “extremely seriously”.
A Sunday Mirror investigation said the scale of sexual exploitation in Telford made it the UK’s “worst-ever child grooming scandal”.
The paper claimed abuse in the town has been widespread since 1980, when it began with “groups of mainly Asian men” targeting vulnerable white teenagers.
Mr Afzal led several prosecutions concerning offences in Telford, including one against two brothers convicted of trafficking girls for sex.
Speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire programme, he said: “I prosecuted, when I led nationally, the Telford original issue, I knew then that this was a bigger issue not just in Telford but everywhere.”
Seems like the most obvious smokescreen being pulled by May right now. These child grooming rings have been popping up all over the UK and the police and Gov’t officials are implicated in these stories. How stupid do they think we are? They are now orchestrating a conflict with Russia in order to keep the sheep focused on the bogeyman across the globe, when the boogeymans been living with us all along.
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