Muslim leader slams police

A Muslim leader who appeared on the hard-hitting BBC programme ‘Panorama’ slammed police for failing to deal with Asian gangs who force young white girls into prostitution. Mohammed Shafiq, director of the Rochdale-based Ramadhan Foundation, claimed that officers were differentiating between criminals on the basis of race. He said that fears of a repeat of the Oldham race riots in places like Oldham mean that officers are _overtly sensitive’ and are not clamping down on prostitution. The broadcast comes after a 2004 Channel 4 documentary which claimed that Asian men in Bradford were grooming under-age white girls for prostitution was pulled. Police claimed it could provoke racial violence during the local election campaign. But Mr Shafiq told Panorama that he believed the police were “over cautious” when dealing with the issue.