Pressure grows for inquiry into Telford child sex abuse claims

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Details emerged of alleged child abuse cases involving possibly thousands of young girls dating back to the late1980s.

'Now of course we know that victims of sexual abuse are sometimes themselves used by their abusers to lure in more victims'.

According to The Sun, one girl named Lucy Lowe was sixteen-years-old when she was killed along with her sister and her mum after her "abuser Azhar Ali Mehmood, 26, set fire to their house".

The petition states: "Telford has been described as having the worst child grooming scandal ever seen". The paper says authorities were warned of the abuse a decade before Operation Chalice. Similar child sex abuse was also exposed in Rochdale and Rotherham.

The probe found that two predatory pedophiles began targeting girls from a local children's home in 1981.

The taxi driver was later jailed for life after being convicted of three counts of murder - but was never arrested or charged over sex abuse.

In 2000, 16-year-old Lucy Lowe was murdered along with her mother and 17-year-old sister.

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Lucy's death had a silencing effect on other victims.

In 2002 another schoolgirl - Becky Watson, 13 - was killed in an unexplained auto accident in the Shropshire town. At the time, the crash was reported as a "prank" gone wrong. I can't bear to think she was being groomed and wasn't able to ask for help'.

The Sunday Mirror claimed it had diaries that revealed her torment at being made to sleep around, while her mother, Torron, told the newspaper her daughter had been abused since the age of 11 but that police failed to properly investigate.

A friend of Watson's, Vicky Round, was reportedly abused by the same gang.

"Tackling such horrific offences is the number one priority for police in Telford and we have not only increased officer numbers to tackle this type of offending, but use all of our resources and technology available to prosecute anyone who sexually offends against children whether that offending took place today, yesterday, or decades ago", said Martin Evans, assistant chief constable for West Mercia Police.

Telford's Conservative MP Lucy Allan has demanded a public inquiry and said the findings were "extremely serious and shocking", the Mirror reported.

The newspaper claims to have uncovered previously unseen files showing council staff chose to view girls being abused, trafficked, and even sold as "prostitutes" rather than victims.