Muslims urge boycott of police force

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A MUSLIM organisation has called on the Rotherham’s Islamic community to boycott South Yorkshire Police as they believe the force has ‘scapegoated’ them.

The British Muslim Youth in Rotherham claimed in a statement on the group’s website that since the Rotherham chid sex abuse scandal last year, South Yorkshire Police has “deflected their own failures” by targeting Muslims in the area.

In response, Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, commander for Rotherham’s Local Policing Unit, said: “We have not had any formal approach from British Muslim Youth to address the issues raised in their meeting yesterday, which is disappointing because we are in regular contact with representatives from the Muslim community to discuss issues affecting Rotherham. I am making efforts to speak to the group urgently.”