The BBCs Inside Out North West recently interviewed me following an investigation into county lines operations focusing on the shocking levels of violence and exploitation of children by criminal gangs.
In the clip below, I spoke about why we need to reassess how we view children who are criminally exploited by gangs. As well as myself, they talked to Merseyside Police, a former gang member who groomed children to sell drugs and a mother whose son was exploited by gangs.
The full programme is available to watch on BBC iPlayer for the next 27 days here.
OCTOBER 18, 2018
Manchester Crown Court in Minshull Street is one of the slowest courts in England and Wales for processing child sexual offences.
Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport, and author of two reports on child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester, said the six month long delays were ‘unacceptable’ and ‘torture for victims’.
She said the latest figures were very disappointing and called for urgent action to speed up the process for victims.
Ms Coffey asked the Ministry of Justice how long delays were for each of the 74 Crown Courts in the country for child sexual offences from when the case was first received by the Crown Court to the main hearing.
The Parliamentary Answer (avaliable here) revealed Minshull Street in Manchester had the seventh highest average waiting time in the country.