‘There is no cover up’
That is the stern message from Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, who this week reacted to claims about Operation Daybreak, the investigation into historical child sex abuse cases across the county.
More than 100 victims have stepped forward to say they were abused in care homes dating back to the 1960s, including former Forest Town resident Mickey Summers, who feels he is not being listened to by the police and Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council.
But Mr Tipping insists conspiracy theories involving the authorities are not true.
He said: “There are accusations that go around that somehow the city and county councils, the police and others are colluding to cover up mistakes of the past. This isn’t the case at all.
“I’m very clear about that.
“We are going to leave no stone unturned, but this is a difficult area.
“Some of these allegations go back 40 years and finding the evidence to pursue a successful prosecution is difficult.
“But I’m determined that the truth comes out.”
However, the comments have angered 60-year-old Mr Summers, who fighting to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“He is being very selective with the truth,” said Mr Summers about Mr Tipping.
“There’s more to this than he is letting on, and it makes me angry to hear him say there is no cover up.”
Mr Summers was abused while in care as a youngster and says he witnessed other boys also being sexually assaulted.
He was told all evidence about his time in care had been destroyed, yet he found documentary evidence in court registers dating back to the 1960s which helped him name the man who raped him and he says worked for social services.
The man, who can not be named for legal reasons is thought to have been located by police and brought in for questioning, although the police have refused to confirm this.
Mr Summers added: “Every time someone is arrested they are not giving us any information on it.
“There needs to be more transparency.”