THE detective who exposed the Rochdale child abuse scandal has claimed she was bullied by police chiefs for speaking out on grooming gangs.
By JAMES FIELDING, EXCLUSIVE
PUBLISHED: 00:01, Sun, Nov 19, 2017 | UPDATED: 10:35, Sun, Nov 19, 2017
Maggie Oliver said her professional life was made “torture” after she told senior officers that police were not doing enough to protect girls from a predominantly Asian paedophile ring. The former detective constable resigned from Greater Manchester Police in late 2012 over failures that allowed the Rochdale perpetrators to escape justice for many years. However before she quit she alleges she was bullied for a year and a half while working on Operation Span, the investigation into Rochdale. Ms Oliver has not spoken publicly about her bullying so as not to detract from the way in which the young victims were let down by the police. However, she has now decided to speak out to support another detective John Wedger who the Sunday Express revealed last week is suing the Metropolitan Police for a psychiatric injury he suffered as a result of bullying. She said: “I’ve never spoken publicly about my personal treatment because I never wanted to deflect from the fact the police had failed the child victims of Rochdale. But in trying to expose criminal neglect by senior officers that for me was on a par with Hillsborough, I was threatened and bullied.”
Ms Oliver, was tasked with gaining the trust of vulnerable but hostile victims.
However, when they began to identify Asian grooming gangs, she said the police cooled their interest in the investigation. She said: “GMP had a specialist interview suite for vulnerable victims which was purpose built to be non-confrontational, it’s like a living room, laid back because you want your witnesses to feel at ease. “Yet I remember one senior officer screaming down the phone at me telling me that I had to take vulnerable victims to a suspect interview suite where some of them had been taken previously when they were accused of something they hadn’t actually done.”Ms Oliver claimed the harassment stepped up when she was off work with stress.She said: “Two senior colleagues turned up at my house one day and demanded that I surrender the police phone I’d had for 15 years.“The reason they gave was that they didn’t want the victims to call me and put me under more stress.“It was complete nonsense, just another attempt to isolate me further and shut me up.”