UK: Muslim rape gang victims suffered ‘profoundly racist crime’, says former CPS chief

Lord Macdonald warns of ‘major problem in particular communities’ of men viewing young white girls as ‘trash’

Britain must confront the scourge of “profoundly racist” crime exemplified by the Operation Shelter grooming case, a former head of the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Lord Macdonald’s comments come following the conviction of 17 men and one woman in Newcastle, after girls and young women were groomed, drugged and raped over a period of years.

The Liberal Democrat peer and former Director of Public Prosecutions, told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme there was “a major problem in particular communities” of men viewing young white girls as “trash” and available for sex.

And there had previously been a “reluctance” to investigate such crimes, he said, agreeing with presenter John Humphrys when he categorised them as “by and large, Muslim men who have been targeting white girls”.

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