UK: Greater Manchester deputy mayor calls for grooming gang to be deported

By Frankie Rufolo 21 May 2020

Labour Party politician and former MP, Beverley Hughes, is demanding action after it was recently revealed that Muslim rapists that preyed on English girls as young as eleven in the working-class town of Rochdale are back in the area after being released from prison, The Manchester Evening News reports.

The deputy mayor of Greater Manchester, responsible for police and crime in the region, has called for the deportation of three members of the Muslim grooming gang after they were seen in the streets and one survivor bumped into her rapist in the supermarket. The victim was left feeling “violated” knowing the criminal was still in Rochdale. Bev Hughes described the incident as “completely unacceptable” and says the men should be deported “as swiftly as possible.”

Deputy Mayor Hughes continued: “Their continued presence in the community will doubtless be very distressing to those affected by the appalling crimes they perpetrated.Greater Manchester should have been rid of them a long time ago. These three appalling individuals were all found guilty of trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child in 2015. Five years later, and more than 18 months after they all lost their appeals against the decision to strip them of their British citizenship, they remain living in our city-region with no clear timeline as to when their deportation will be finalised. Only once these deportations are complete will justice finally be seen to be fully served, and only then will the community fully be able to begin to heal.”

“The Mayor (Andy Burnham) and I have written to successive Home Secretaries, most recently only last month, calling for assurances that the deportation of these three men is still a priority for the Home Office. In light of these latest revelations, we again call on Government to prioritise the processing of their departure from the UK as swiftly as possible. When they are finally out of this country it will be not a moment too soon.”