UKIP Communities spokesman Amjad Bashir is demanding a sea change in police methods of recording crimes following the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
“An official report has particularly highlighted the South Yorkshire Constabulary for wrongly describing 23% of rape reports as ‘no crime’, which just beggars belief,” said Mr Bashir, Yorkshire MEP.
“What has gone on in Rotherham is an appalling stain on the conscience of the nation and the more we learn about the council’s and police behaviour the more disturbing it becomes.
“Apparently the South Yorkshire force is still failing to record crimes against children and has an “unacceptable” culture of disregarding victims of serious crime .
“And it has been criticised in this report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary for spending a “great deal of time” trying to “disprove” the word of victims rather than investigating offences. That is just terrible,” said Mr Bashir.
HMIC inspectors said: ‘This level of under-recorded crime is a significant cause of concern and is a matter of material and urgent importance, particularly as some of these relate to violence and sexual assault against vulnerable children.’
“We all know that news can be a one day wonder but there must be a tightening up of procedures so that reports of all alleged offences are property dealt with,” he continued.
“I am also appalled that so far not one person involved in the Rotherham situation - police or council – has had the moral courage to resign. Heads must roll.
“The study also said that of 284 of cases they examined from West Yorkshire 97 crimes were not recorded, a term which means a report is initially recorded as a crime but subsequently dismissed.
“It is not just forces in Yorkshire that have been found wanting in regard to their handling but as the region’s MEP that is where my main concerns lie.
“The report has recommended in South Yorkshire that there should be an overhaul of the way that rape is reported and calls for an independent review of historical records in areas where recording was particularly poor.
“I fully support that and I for one which will not let this matter drop, it is much too important, said Mr Bashir.
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