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Coffey: Abuse response 'shouldn't be a postcode lottery'

Stockport MP Ann Coffey, who led a report into child sexual exploitation, has said the authorities' response to abuse "shouldn't be a postcode lottery".

ITV News Granada Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt reports:


Police 'limited Rochdale investigation', whistleblower says

A whistleblower has claimed police put a "ceiling" on the number of people they could arrest in the 2012 Rochdale abuse case.

Sara Rowbotham told ITV News, "They didn't arrest enough perpetrators."

"They said there was a ceiling on the number of victims they wanted to interview, there was a ceiling on the number of perpetrators they were going to identify," the former Rochdale Crisis Intervention Team coordinator.

"[They said] they had to stop at some point because it was too big for them to cope with - so they limited the investigation solely to nine or 10 perpetrators."

Rochdale whistleblower: No one listened to warnings

The whistleblower in the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case has told ITV News she "told everybody" about the abuse that was going on, but no one listened to her.

"I told as many people as I possibly could," health worker Sara Rowbotham said.

"I followed up those referrals, made phone calls, tried to find out what action was being taken, banged on every possible door that I could think of to get support".

Rochdale whistleblower disappointed with abuse report

The health worker responsible for gathering the main evidence in the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case has told ITV News she is disappointed with the results of a report led by MP Ann Coffey.

Sara Rowbotham, who worked as Rochdale Crisis Intervention Team coordinator from 2004, said no-one has been held to account for all their failings.

Sara Rowbotham worked as Rochdale Crisis Intervention Team coordinator. Credit: ITV News

Rowbotham was tasked with identifying young people vulnerable to child sex exploitation.

The health worker said she had alerted the authorities to hundreds of children who were being abused, but no-one listened to her at the time.


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Dog walker discovers human leg in Lancashire

Police in Lancashire will search land near Rochdale this morning after a human leg was found. Officers were called to Whitworth after a dog walker made the discovery at around 3pm yesterday afternoon on Market street.

Healey Conservative Club Credit: MEN Syndication

The adult leg was on some land behind Healey Conservative Club. It's not yet clear how long the leg has been there or whether it belonged to a man or a woman.

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