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WESTMINSTER WATCH - TOP COP DISMISSES PAEDOPHILE RINGS

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A senior police officer has said has said paedophile rings operating in care homes are a figment of the media's ima...
A senior police officer has said has said paedophile rings operating in care homes are a figment of the media's imagination.

Dyfed Powys Chief constable Terence Grange was giving evidence to a Commons investigation into the police handling of sex abuse allegations in care homes.

The home affairs committee has previously heard from critics of police methods that there is no evidence to support the existence of paedophile rings operating in homes. Mr Grange said he agreed with them. 'I think the idea of paedophile rings is media hype. The focus of an allegation of abuse is an individual.

'Nobody raises the issue of paedophile rings. Offences are committed by people working in one place or moving from place to place conducting sexual abuse.'

MPs have heard police officers have attempted to induce former care home residents into making allegations against staff as part of a witch hunt, known as 'trawling'.

But Mr Grange said there was always a complaint first and investigations 'are done because there's no way the police can't do them.'

On compensation,

seen as a motive behind many allegations, he insisted anyone seeking

it was referred to a solicitor.

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