Council leader's "no hiding place for abusers" pledge

By Michael Upton | 16/11/2017

Council leader's 'no hiding place for abusers' pledge

ROTHERHAM council Leader Cllr Chris Read welcomed the jail sentences given to three child sex abusers and said they showed there was "no hiding place" for people who groom and sexually abuse children.

The Masbrough men — Riaz Makhmood (39), of Falding Street, Sajid Ali (38), of James Street, and Zaheer Iqbal (40), of St John’s Avenue — were convicted for 15 offences of indecent assault and jailed following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Cllr Read (pictured) said: “I am very pleased for the victim that these perpetrators have been convicted and given the sentences they deserve for what is a truly despicable crime.  

“This should give further confidence to victims and survivors that they are being listened to and taken seriously.
“This is a very positive start for Operation Stovewood, and it sends out a clear message once again that if you have committed these crimes here in Rotherham you will be caught and you will be dealt with, no matter how long ago the crimes took place. 

“There is no hiding place for people like you and as a partnership we will do everything we can to find you.”


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