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Some of the crimes we were made aware of included rape with a broken bottle and girls being ordered to kiss perpetrators' feet at gun point.'Inspectors found the council went to ‘some lengths’ to cover up information handed to it and then silence the people who provided it.In three cases, people who blew the whistle felt they had been marginalised by bosses, bullied, harassed and victimised as a result.
Mrs Casey said: ‘Child abuse and exploitation happens all over the country, but Rotherham is different in that it was repeatedly told by its own youth service what was happening and it chose, not only to not act, but to close that service down.’The Times publishes an investigation revealing that a confidential police report had warned thousands of child sexual exploitation crimes were being committed in South Yorkshire by networks of Asian men.Mr Pickles said: ‘It is because the council is so seriously failing the people of Rotherham, and particularly some of the most vulnerable in that borough, that I am proposing to take this truly exceptional step.My aim will be to return these responsibilities to local democratic control as rapidly as possible.’During the Commons debate, Ukip MP Mark Reckless suggested that Labour’s single-party rule in Rotherham had contributed to the abuse – and said it was only since last year’s election of ten Ukip councillors that there had been any opposition at all.'Almost all' of the perpetrators are believed to be part of predatory Pakistani gangs, with victims claiming they were at times 'raped once a day' for many years, an inquiry by Professor Alexis Jay found last year.'The council's culture is unhealthy: bullying, sexism, suppression and misplaced "political correctness" have cemented its failures.there is no doubt that in Rotherham, this has been a problem with Pakistani men for years and years.
People were scared of being called racist.’But it was Mrs Casey’s finding that Rotherham Council remained ‘in denial’ over the scandal – and the description of the 1,400 figure as a ‘conservative’ estimate – which spread political shockwaves yesterday and prompted a dramatic Commons statement in which Mr Pickles said ministers were effectively taking over the troubled authority.She says she told police and Rotherham Council about it but they ‘weren’t bothered’.‘They were worse than useless because they were meant to be running the place, protecting us and they were all part of the problem. We’ve had no arrests, no charges, evidence is still being lost.’ Political correctness: There were fears that taking to the Asian community to task over the abuse of girls in Rotherham would disturb community cohesion and staff were 'mindful' of being called racist Another public servant told investigators: 'My experience of council as it was and is – Asian men very powerful, and the white British are very mindful of racism and frightened of racism allegations so there is no robust challenge. She said: 'Rotherham's suppression of these uncomfortable issues and its fear of being branded racist has done a disservice to the Pakistani heritage community as well as the wider community.