Police chief defends decision to pay child rapist in sex ring case


A senior police officer has defended the police decision to pay a child rapist almost 10 GRAND to investigate child grooming gangs.

Source: The Guardian

“Northumbria Police have dismissed criticism by the NSPCC of the decision to pay a convicted child rapist to secure a set of child grooming convictions as ill-informed.

Speaking after the children’s charity said the move to build the case against a sex grooming network in Newcastle “beggared belief,” Steve Ashman, the chief constable of Northumbria police, insisted it was vindicated by a string of guilty verdicts.

Seventeen men and one woman have been convicted in four trials involving rape, human trafficking and conspiracy to incite prostitution.

Northumbria police paid a convicted child rapist – referred to as XY – £9,680 over 21 months to find out about the times and whereabouts of parties where girls were being plied with drugs and alcohol, to gather evidence for their investigation.

Speaking to the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ashman said: “I accept that some people will not agree with position we have taken, but I have to be content, on the back of the convictions we have secured to date, that it was the right thing to do.”

The NSPCC had condemned the use of a paedophile as an informant.

Jon Brown, the charity’s lead officer on sexual abuse, said: “We are appalled to learn that police paid a child rapist and planted him in the midst of vulnerable young girls.

“It beggars belief that it would ever have been considered, let alone approved, and serious questions must be asked about the force’s approach to child sexual exploitation operations.”

Ashman said the NSPCC had got its facts wrong.

Speaking to BBC News, he said: “It is quite surprising and disappointing for the NSPCC in particular, given their profile, to adopt the stance that they have. This is an ill-informed decision that they have taken. The fact of the matter is we absolutely did not plant XY, the informant, in the midst of vulnerable women and girls. That did not happen.””

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