Operation Rose Police Fight Back
Police leading a huge but largely abortive child abuse inquiry denied yesterday they had encouraged false allegations and wrecked the lives of innocent teachers and care workers by “trawling” for evidence in children’s homes. Dozens of professionals in the north-east, backed by MPs, have lodged complaints about the blunderbuss effect of the five-year Operation Rose that saw more than 200 people investigated but in the end only six convicted.
Five other men, who formed part of the same police investigation, have already admitted sexual offences involving children. A 51-year-old man was jailed for seven years last January for paying for the sexual services of a child and possessing indecent images of children while a 55-year-old man was given a three-year community order in August after he admitted to three counts of paying for the sexual services of a child.