Girls left 'at the mercy' of Rochdale sex abuse gangs, says 'damning' review

Victims 'badly failed' by council and police, said Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham

Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham
Burnham commissioned a series of independent reviews into the historic sex abuse scandal after he became mayor in 2017
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Girls were "left at the mercy" of Rochdale paedophile gangs for years because of failings by senior police and council bosses, according to a report.

The "damning" review documents multiple failed investigations by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) from 2004 to 2013 into the sex abuse scandal, said The Independent. The report highlights "apparent local authority indifference to the plight of hundreds of youngsters, mainly white girls from poor backgrounds, all identified as potential victims of abuse in Rochdale by Asian men". 

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