Victim claims council ‘ignored’ call for help

Mohammed Karrar, who exploited Girl 3, being interviewed by police

Bassam Karrar during his police interview

First published in Operation Bullfinch Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter, also covering Barton and Wood Farm. Call me on (01865) 425427

ONE of the young victims of the Oxford child sex ring has accused Oxfordshire County Council of “ignoring” her and her family.

Girl 3 was abused by Akhtar and Anjum Dogar and Mohammed and Bassam Karrar between the ages of 13 and 15.

But she told The Guardian that, despite “lies” to the contrary by County Hall, she and her family had not received any support from the council.

She said: “The council put out a press release claiming they had offered wraparound care to all the girls and their families, but the first we heard from them in five years was a letter on April 13 from Jim Leivers [director for children, education and families at the council], where he says he’s been ‘closely involved in providing support’ to me.

“That’s a complete lie. My family have had no support or offers of help at all from Oxfordshire. Nothing. Not at any point. Not even a phone call.

“The last contact we had with the council was five whole years ago, when my mum was begging them to help her stop me go off the rails. They ignored her then and they’ve ignored us since.”

A county council spokesman said: “We are sorry the abuse was not stopped sooner.

“One of the elements of the serious case review will be an investigation of the support offered to the girls by agencies, including social services.

“Our offer of a meeting with Girl 3 and her family was very sincere and similar offers to the other girls have been accepted.

“We want to do everything we can to help all the girls rebuild their lives and our door is open to Girl 3 and her family.”

He said support included offering a named social worker to each individual, witness support whilst in court, secure alternative accommodation, fast track to emotional and psychological health services and help getting them back to employment, training or education.

He said the other victims in Operation Bullfinch had accepted a meeting with the council but refused to discuss Girl 3’s case specifically.

Police also said last night a special helpline manned by officers working on the case would be reviewed.

The confidential hotline for anyone concerned about child sexual exploitation will be manned from 8am until midnight for the next week.

The number is 01865 266255, and outside of these hours, people can contact a police officer directly on 101.

Police spokesman Chris Kearney said operators on the 101 number had been trained to deal with calls from potential victims.

He said: “We feel that the hotline directly into the investigation team will be a good point of contact for anyone who feels they need to speak to us.

“We have briefed our call handlers who man the 101 number so they are briefed on the sensitivities around those who may come forward.”

He also said the hotline would be constantly reviewed to see if it should be kept operational longer.

The confidential helpline was launched in January.

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1:35pm Thu 16 May 13

Fruit_Bat says...

Would the Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council Joanna Simons PLEASE do the decent thing, accept responsibility and resign from her £217,640 a year job.
Would the Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council Joanna Simons PLEASE do the decent thing, accept responsibility and resign from her £217,640 a year job. Fruit_Bat
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2:13pm Thu 16 May 13

Petal69 says...

Would the Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council Joanna Simons resign now.

You odious woman. You have let this county down.

And take the overweight pie eater Hudspeth with you.

Your all more concerned with John Lewis now.

Shame on you all.
Would the Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council Joanna Simons resign now. You odious woman. You have let this county down. And take the overweight pie eater Hudspeth with you. Your all more concerned with John Lewis now. Shame on you all. Petal69
  • Score: -1

2:47pm Thu 16 May 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Not only Simons who should resign, the Chief Constable should as well considering the police did little or nothing to stop this years ago.
Not only Simons who should resign, the Chief Constable should as well considering the police did little or nothing to stop this years ago. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -1

3:08pm Thu 16 May 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

If the Chief Clerk and the Chief Cop resign they'll be replaced by 2 more on the same outrageous wages who will have presumably been in the same public sector outfits as deputy chief clerk and deputy chief cop.
I struggle to see the point. Let us just hope that the bad guys get a 40 year tariff and that we'll all pounce every time we see a group of them working on their sad little victims in the kebab house & taxi office.
If the Chief Clerk and the Chief Cop resign they'll be replaced by 2 more on the same outrageous wages who will have presumably been in the same public sector outfits as deputy chief clerk and deputy chief cop. I struggle to see the point. Let us just hope that the bad guys get a 40 year tariff and that we'll all pounce every time we see a group of them working on their sad little victims in the kebab house & taxi office. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -1

4:32pm Thu 16 May 13

Peter vincent says...

Our authorities are 100% efficient, and provide massive manpower, when it comes to handing out fines for dropping a fag end, or parking for 10 minutes on a double yellow whilst you pop into a chemist for your sick child's prescription, or taking poor people to court when they get behind with their council tax, or chasing old men who want to rebuild on their land, which judging by the number of comments on here in the past years are the most important thing that the people of Oxon care about.. But a trivial matter of young girls being used as sex toys, that doesn't really matter to them because it costs them money instead of generating it. The whole department involved in this need to go, but as we saw with the Baby P case, it will be swept under the carpet and Joanna Simons will not resign or accept any blame at all for her failings, neither will any of the others on massive salaries. We were paying for these young girls protection, and those we were paying were at their receptions congratulating each other with champagne to show how well they are all doing, whilst these young girls in their protection were at the Nanford and other places around the south East having their lives ruined forever. Surely their is somebody with the power just to sack them all, even if it has to come from David Cameron.
Our authorities are 100% efficient, and provide massive manpower, when it comes to handing out fines for dropping a fag end, or parking for 10 minutes on a double yellow whilst you pop into a chemist for your sick child's prescription, or taking poor people to court when they get behind with their council tax, or chasing old men who want to rebuild on their land, which judging by the number of comments on here in the past years are the most important thing that the people of Oxon care about.. But a trivial matter of young girls being used as sex toys, that doesn't really matter to them because it costs them money instead of generating it. The whole department involved in this need to go, but as we saw with the Baby P case, it will be swept under the carpet and Joanna Simons will not resign or accept any blame at all for her failings, neither will any of the others on massive salaries. We were paying for these young girls protection, and those we were paying were at their receptions congratulating each other with champagne to show how well they are all doing, whilst these young girls in their protection were at the Nanford and other places around the south East having their lives ruined forever. Surely their is somebody with the power just to sack them all, even if it has to come from David Cameron. Peter vincent
  • Score: -83

5:30pm Thu 16 May 13

Duncan F says...

After looking again at the video apology I have come to the conclusion that JS is not fit for purpose.

Given the money she earns , I was very dissappointed in the presentation / delivery. She looked as if she'd just got out of bed and not made the effort to look a lot smarter.
After looking again at the video apology I have come to the conclusion that JS is not fit for purpose. Given the money she earns , I was very dissappointed in the presentation / delivery. She looked as if she'd just got out of bed and not made the effort to look a lot smarter. Duncan F
  • Score: 3

7:00pm Thu 16 May 13

MrGonzo says...

I believe Joanna Simons was awarded a CBE for services to local government recently. It just goes to prove that the honours system in the UK has been completely devalued when people like her are paid in excess of £180,000 a year to do precisely nothing! The dame's not fit for purpose!
I believe Joanna Simons was awarded a CBE for services to local government recently. It just goes to prove that the honours system in the UK has been completely devalued when people like her are paid in excess of £180,000 a year to do precisely nothing! The dame's not fit for purpose! MrGonzo
  • Score: 4

8:27pm Thu 16 May 13

moonlight shadow says...

Joanna Simons and all below her who were responsible for the care for these young people should, of course, be sacked. They have failed in their duty of care to the vunerable young people and as such should be charged with negligence.
The police have also failed these youngsters but, as has been posted already, they have other priorities.
As for the guilty men. Castration comes to mind, along with a very long time in prison.
Joanna Simons and all below her who were responsible for the care for these young people should, of course, be sacked. They have failed in their duty of care to the vunerable young people and as such should be charged with negligence. The police have also failed these youngsters but, as has been posted already, they have other priorities. As for the guilty men. Castration comes to mind, along with a very long time in prison. moonlight shadow
  • Score: -4

4:41am Sat 18 May 13

Peter vincent says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
If the Chief Clerk and the Chief Cop resign they'll be replaced by 2 more on the same outrageous wages who will have presumably been in the same public sector outfits as deputy chief clerk and deputy chief cop.
I struggle to see the point. Let us just hope that the bad guys get a 40 year tariff and that we'll all pounce every time we see a group of them working on their sad little victims in the kebab house & taxi office.
One assumes that you meant Kebab House, and Private Hire office. No proper Taxi Drivers were involved, as were no proper Restaurant workers. There is a difference between the two groups.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: If the Chief Clerk and the Chief Cop resign they'll be replaced by 2 more on the same outrageous wages who will have presumably been in the same public sector outfits as deputy chief clerk and deputy chief cop. I struggle to see the point. Let us just hope that the bad guys get a 40 year tariff and that we'll all pounce every time we see a group of them working on their sad little victims in the kebab house & taxi office.[/p][/quote]One assumes that you meant Kebab House, and Private Hire office. No proper Taxi Drivers were involved, as were no proper Restaurant workers. There is a difference between the two groups. Peter vincent
  • Score: -78

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