How can this continue?
UKIP is appalled to learn that high-ranking officers in the Greater Manchester Police, and others, are accused of a cover-up of epic proportions.
It's reported that they deliberately allowed the gang rape of vulnerable young girls, mainly by middle-aged Muslim men of Pakistani origin, to go unreported, unpunished and, worst, unstopped.
Fifteen years ago, senior officers aborted an ongoing Operation, Augusta, into 100+, instead diverting resources to petty crimes, burglary, motoring infractions, etc.
Those who should have been stopped proceeded unhindered, probably emboldened, in their careers of paedophilia and sex-slavery.
Could public servants be accessories, before and after the fact, in these most heinous crimes?
Those suspected of involvement in the diversion and concealment must, if still in post, be suspended from duties forthwith. All must be thoroughly investigated, preferably by detectives outside not just the GMP but the service itself.
We should be able to trust our police.
But confidence reposed in them, especially by brave girls who came forward only to be handed right back to their abusers/rapists, was badly misplaced. What a vile betrayal!
Misconduct in public office (see footnote) carries a maximum sentence of Life Imprisonment. Senior policemen should be held to a higher, not lower, standard than any public officials besides judges. So, the maximum should be the starting point, irrespective of what guidelines suggest. It was woefully inadequate sentencing, not inappropriate Parole Board decisions, that contributed to jihadi Usman Khan's London Bridge murders seven weeks ago.
Arrests and indictments should be made without undue delay. Time-wasting affords more opportunities for destruction of evidence, fading of memories and victims, witnesses and criminals to pass away. Public confidence in the police not to put considerations of P.C. (Political Correctness) above protecting the most vulnerable in society will otherwise be irreparably damaged.
It is evident that having More police is not the answer. Having Real police is.
If guilty officers are punished only lightly, decent young people will shy away from joining the police. Who could blame them?
Shame on those responsible, including those who turned a blind eye "in case they offended a group", doing which they feared might blight their prospects of promotion.
UKIP National Campaign Manager