Reverend Jonthan Pritchard speaks at mosque open day
The Reverend Jonathan Pritchard is urging people in Keighley to stay united when a child grooming trial begins next yearMore than 40 arrests have been made during almost 20 ongoing investigations into child sexual exploitation by grooming gangs in the Bradford district.
Police yesterday revealed that 18 investigations into child sexual exploitation by such gangs were ongoing across the Bradford district and 41 arrests had been made so far.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “As yet, there have been no charges, or trials pending, but these are all live investigations.”
The spokesman added that officers in Keighley and Bradford had been undertaking a complex operation to catch those responsible for child sexual exploitation since November 2012. Most are currently on bail.
“It will put us under great pressure.”
Addressing dozens of people during an open day at Keighley’s Emily Street Mosque, he said: “That is why we need to meet together like this, so we can face this as a united people.
“Grooming is not about Asians or Muslims – it’s about individuals doing despicable things. These individuals have been condemned in the mosques without reserve, and we stand united with the mosques in saying that this is wrong.”