‘Convictions will restore confidence’ after Rotherham says Labour MP

John Healey, MP
John Healey, MP
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Calls have been made for more cases to be brought against sex abusers in the wake of the Rotherham scandal.

Labour MP John Healey said only prosecutions could restore confidence in authorities after the revelation that at least 1,400 children were abused in Rotherham in 16 years.

“There must be further action in the council management to deal with the questions the Jay report raises, especially for those in leading positions over the years.

“And there must be an independent investigation overseen by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and carried out by another force into South Yorkshire Police’s previous failings.

“What matters most now is action for the victims. Both the council and the police have a big job to do to rebuild public confidence and reassure victims that things have changed, will change further, and that they will get all the support they may need.

“They have to know that their abusers will face the full force of the law, so police must convict more of the perpetrators responsible.”