More than 50 men have been issued with ‘abduction notices’ to stop them approaching children in East Lancashire.A bit of paper warning them that they are being watched? Why not just haul ‘em back into prison?
Police said the notices were used as a ‘shot across the bows’ by officers when there was evidence of concerning behaviour by potential abusers.Ah. Right.
They are given when behaviour is seen to be a significant risk but falls short of a prosecution.
Officers said they had also ‘protected’ almost 200 youngsters from child sexual exploitation during the past six months Specialist team Engage in Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, has identified 134 victims and Freedom in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale, has helped 61 victims.That’s quite a lot. What of the offenders?
The team has also identified 44 individuals involved in sexual exploitation of which 32 were white, 11 asian and one other. Of those, 20 have been arrested, five charged and 21 abduction notices issued.Interesting…
Pennine’s Freedom team, which has dedicated police, children’s services and a health nurse, has identified 13 individuals, of whom five are white and eight asian. They have made 10 arrests leading to one charge and issued 33 abduction notices.
Jack Straw, Blackburn MP, said: “These figures show what a great job Lancashire police is doing and the effectiveness of the Engage programme. The breakdown by ethnicity is consistent with what I’ve said all along, that the majority of perpetrators of this type of crime are white. But I maintain that there is an issue and a specific problem within some areas of the Pakistani community.”Well, I hate to point out the bleedin’ obvious, but you’re basing that on the numbers caught doing it.
Not the numbers actually doing it.