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.

‘Family man’ Mohammed Shafiq brutally murdered

A man was attacked, stabbed in the stomach and hit with an a iron bar in Burnley. Mohammed Shafiq, 50, of York Street in Lancashire, was murdered in broad daylight after attempting to intervene in a fight involving his son. He died in Royal Blackburn hospital eight hours. Detective Superintendent Mick Gradwell, from Lancashire police stated: “Mr Shafiq intervened in a disorder at about 1.30pm and as a result he received an injury consistent with being stabbed and later died from that injury. “I have officers with Mr Shafiq’s family who are naturally distraught after this incident. He leaves a wife and 5 children and we will be offering them support during this devastating time.” It is believed that Shafiq’s son phoned his father to tell him that he was being harassed by a gang of youths. This prompted Mr Shafiq to call the police to raise his concern and then attend to his son’s welfare. Rukshana Choudhary reports.