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Police watchdog says he can’t say why cops dropped rape gang investigation

The official police watchdog has claimed after a two-year investigation it has been unable to find out why Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have dropped an investigation into ‘Asian’ rape gangs which identified nearly 100 suspects.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is supposed to oversee law enforcement in England and Wales, has opened an investigation into three Mancunian officers following the publication of an investigation into grooming gangs commissioned by City Mayor Andy Burnham which – like other inquiries before it – found that council officials, social workers and police had failed the mostly white victims of mostly Muslim and South Asian gang rapists, in part because of politically correct fears around the issue.

However, the watchdog has now halted its investigations into the trio, referred to them by GMP after the investigation ordered by Burnham, and claimed it had not been “unable to determine” why a police investigation into the Grooming gang, Operation Augusta, was closed despite having identified 57 victims and 97 potential suspects.

“Despite significant efforts, we have not been able to determine who made the final decision to close Operation Augusta in July 2005, or the reason for doing so,” the IOPC Fund said of the investigation, launched in 2004 after the rape of a 15-year-old boy. Gang victim Victoria Agoglia, who said she was sexually abused and injected with heroin to authorities but was not helped, died of an overdose.

Steve Noonan, director of major investigations at the IOPC Fund, said his organization had “collected and reviewed a significant amount of evidence which helped us to understand some of the action taken” but ultimately they were not “unable to locate evidence showing who made the decision to shut down Operation Augusta and, more importantly, why.

The IOPC Fund said the challenges they faced included “the passage of time; a lack of available records of meetings and decisions made at that time; and the fact that some former police witnesses employed by GMP were unable or unwilling to participate in our investigation.

While Members of Parliament (MPs) could possibly launch their own investigation into the scandal and order these ‘witnesses employed by GMP’ to appear before them on pain of being found in contempt of Parliament, the IOPC Fund has made no such a suggestion – and MPs themselves rarely tackle the issue of grooming gangs, preferring to leave it to local government and local newspapers.

Indeed, Breitbart London contacted the five then-candidates to succeed Boris Johnson as Tory leader and Prime Minister in July after Labor advisers blocked a call from Tory advisers for an investigation into grooming gangs in Oldham to ask them if they would order one, and not one. of them responded.

Breitbart London also asked the IOPC Fund if it had “ever found fault with or recommended sanctions against specific officers” following investigations into grooming gangs after the latter GMP officer investigation was dropped, but this investigation was also ignored.

Director Noonan said the IOPC had “identified several potential areas of learning for GMP to consider” in its official statement on dropping its investigation, but a downgrade from the standard line “lessons have been learned in the wake of grooming gang scandals in “lessons”. could to be learned” is likely to bring cold comfort to the victims.

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