Met Chief: 1,000 Abuse Witnesses Interviewed
Sunday 8th March 2015
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says that more than 1,000 witnesses have been interviewed as part of historic child sex abuse investigations.
Speaking to Beverley Turner, the Met Chief confirmed that officers were being taken off day-to-day duty as the investigation widened.
“We’ve now interviewed 1,000 people. Suspects have been arrested, we are determinedly working our way through it.
“It’s not straightforward...we’ve got quite a lot of work we’ve got on at the moment. To invest resources in historical things means taking them away from the present day.
“What we can’t do is ignore people who were ignored once 30 years ago. If they come to us now and say I’ve now got the courage, I now realise what happened was a terrible thing...what’s our alternative? To turn around say we're not interested? We can’t do it twice."
Sir Bernard cautioned that the investigations were complex and time-consuming: “This is not easy work. You don’t go and just make a phone call.
“Trying to get hold of records is a nightmare...there wasn’t CCTV 30 or 40 years ago. So [detectives are] having to methodically work their way through these things.
“Every investigation is different and every one is quite challenging.”
Posted by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg at 3/08/2015
Seems the Chief did not consult with rabbi Padwe - Good for him
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg