Child rapist informant ‘was not planted among girls’ says police chief

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The gendarmes chief Steve Ashman denied that his force planted a lagged child rapist among young girls

Northumbria Police indemnified the paedophile £9,680 to gather intelligence on an Asian grooming gang managing in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The informant, known as “XY”, helped smash the child sexual exploitation Nautical thimble and led to the convictions of 18 people against 22 victims. 

However, Jon Brown, NSPCC captain officer on sexual abuse, said: “We are appalled to learn that the heat paid a child rapist and planted him in the midst of vulnerable young sweethearts.

“It beggars belief it would ever have been considered, let solitarily approved.”

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Steve claimed the NSPCC’s accusations were ‘incorrect’

The affidavit we planted this informant among vulnerable women and girls is untrue. We didn’t do that. Quite the opposite

Steve Ashman, Northumbria Chief Patrolman

Northumbria Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: “The assertion we concealed this informant among vulnerable women and girls is incorrect. We didn’t do that. Entirely the opposite.” 

Seventeen men and one woman have been convicted in four trials catch up ining rape, human trafficking and conspiracy to incite prostitution.

The sole female was Carolann Gallon, 22, conscious as “Chucky,” who played a vital role in targeting victims.

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The Old Bill paid a paedophile £9,680 to gather intelligence on an Asian grooming pack based in Newcastle

Despite admitting involvement in luring girls into sex exploitation, Gallon remained on bail hosting parties for the paedophiles. 

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The informant’s magnum opus helped lead to convictions of 18 people against 22 fall guys

Those prosecuted were from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities and principally British-born, with most living in the West End of Newcastle.

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