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Terrible, as many as 1,000 children were drugged, beaten and raped over 40 years in Shropshire


Lucy LoweLucy Lowe - A brutal sex gang raped as many as 1,000 young girls over 40 years and became the worst child abuse scandal in Britain.

Girls in the town of Telford, Shropshire were drugged, beaten and raped since the 1980s.

Allegations are said to have been wrongly handled by the authorities, with many perpetrators going unpunished, while it is claimed similar harassment continues in the region.

Telford population is 155,000 - meaning there are 225 potential victims each year to be raped and Home Office figures show there were 15.1 child sex crimes reported per 10,000 residents in the year to September 2015.

Previously, a mother and four teenage girls have been linked to allegations of persecution.

Lucy Lowe, 16, died alongside her mother and sister after the man who had tortured her, 26-year-old Azhar Ali Mehmood, set fire to their home.

Mehmood, who worked as a taxi driver, first targeted Lucy in 1997.

Mehmood has been imprisoned for killing Lucy, her mother Eileen and her 17-year-old sister Sarah. However, he has never been arrested or accused of sex crime for his involvement with the young girl.

Another victim, who was drugged and raped by nine men two years later, said that Lucy's death was used as a warning to other girls who might speak out. The schoolgirl, who remains anonymous, said she was driven to try to kill herself.

In 2002, a student named Becky Watson, 13, was killed in an unexplained car accident at Telford. It was revealed that she had been sexually abused for two years at the hands of a gang of Pakistani rapists, who started at the age of 11.
In Rotherham around 1,400 girls, many of them underage, were sexually harassed over a 16 year period at the hands of men from the town's Pakistani community.

An estimates of the number of victims in Telford was calculated with the help of Professor Liz Kelly, of the Child and Women Abuse Study Unit at London Metropolitan University.

Seven men were imprisoned in 2013 after Operation Chalice, a police investigation into child prostitution in the Telford area.

Mubarek Ali, 34, sold teenage girls, some of whom are 13, to be hired as commercial sex workers at a restaurant for Indian elites in Telford, Shropshire.

His brother Ahdel Ali, 27, was sentenced to 26 years after the couple sexually harassed four teenagers.

A victim, who became the target pedophile, admitted forced to sleep with dozens of men.




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