The sheer scale of the child grooming problem in Telford is absolutely unimaginable. Five of the first seven people we spoke to were either victims or related to victims. It’s an epidemic.
Telford could be the scene of Britain’s largest ever child grooming scandal, with some 1,000 girls believed to have been abused during a 40-year period. But everyone we spoke to thinks there are more than 1,000 girls who’ve suffered and, worst of all, they all think it’s still happening today.
We spoke to a woman, now homeless, who told us she was raped by one of the grooming gang when she was just 14-years-old – he was given a sentence of more than two decades…but he’s already been released.