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“It was a whirlwind of rape everyday” Telford sex gang victim’s harrowing account as pressure builds for full inquiry

A victim of the emerging Telford sexual exploitation scandal has told ITV how she was raped countless times for a period of four years.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the woman, who was called Holly to protect her identity, described the abuse as a “whirlwind of rape, everyday”.

Holly described how she was raped over a period of 4 years. Credit: ITV

Holly told presenters Piers Morgan & Susanna Reid that her abuse began at the hands of teenagers her own age, but they then sold her phone numbers to much older men.

She described how despite being in cars with those men which were pulled over by the police, and going to see her GP multiple times for the morning after pill, the authorities never intervened.

Holly then went on to say at one point she tried to take her own life.

In recent days an investigation by a Sunday newspaper has estimated up to 1,000 children in Telford have been victim to child sexual exploitation over the last four decades, with some of those abused as young as 11-years-old.

Lucy Allen MP in the House of Commons. Credit: ITV

The revelations have prompted further calls from the town’s Conservative MP Lucy Allen for a full inquiry into the scale of the abuse, which she says is similar to the scandals uncovered in places like Rotherham & Rochdale in recent years.

Speaking to ITV Central’s political correspondent Alison Mackenzie, the MP said:

“It’s very easy to be defensive when there are national newspapers running exposes and I genuinely understand that, but we need to park that and we need to actually say what happened, why did it happen and not just oh, our procedures and processes are ‘okay now’, it’s not enough”

– Lucy Allen MP, Telford (Conservative)
Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans addressing the media on Monday. Credit: ITV Central

In response, the Assistant Chief Constable of West Mercia Police says his force take allegations of Child Sexual Exploitation extremely seriously, and urged anyone suffering abuse to contact police.

“It is really really important to me, that anyone who feels that they are a victim of such crimes, or that they know someone who is, that they can come forwards knowing that they will be taken seriously”

– Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans, West Mercia Police

Seven men were jailed in 2013 following Operation Chalice, a police inquiry into child prostitution in the Telford area.

But the investigation by the Sunday Mirror says authorities were warned of the abuse being carried out on vulnerable children in the town a decade before Operation Chalice.

Now the leader of Telford & Wrekin Council is also calling on the Home Secretary to commission an independent public inquiry into cases of child sexual exploitation, specifically in Telford.

Cllr Shaun Davies wants a Government commissioned probe into cases of child sexual abuse prior to Operation Chalice.

In a statement released today he said:

“The way forward must now be a Government commissioned independent inquiry, with terms of reference set by Government – any such inquiry commissioned by local agencies like the Council or police could be seen as not being impartial. This must have complete independence.

“We have nothing to hide and have been transparent throughout – since I became leader 2 years ago, we have been inspected by OFSTED on this issue and been visited by the Home Office and Dept of Education.

“However, I feel we must do everything possible to know and learn further from what happened in the period before Operation Chalice jailed seven men for vile crimes against children.

“The Council, police and other partners’ practice has changed dramatically, however I will welcome any further light that an independent inquiry can help shed on this vile crime and further improve practice here and the many other places in the UK where has and continues to happen.“

“I accept and regret that some historic practices were not effective and some of the incidents referred to in recent media reports pre-date the Council.

– Cllr Shaun Davies, Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council