November 16, 2013
Yesterday the Daily Express shocked the nation by revealing how a youth tried to sell a baby for £250 in Sheffield’s Page Hall district.
Now a former English teacher has told how a teenage Roma girl asked if she wanted to buy one too.
The revelation heaps pressure on South Yorkshire Police to launch a full investigation. The force refused to reveal how many “baby sale” allegations had been reported in the past 12 months unless a freedom of information request was granted.
The 57-year-old grandmother, who did not want to be named, was with her grandson in the popular Peace Gardens when she was approached by a girl aged about 18.
“She said, ‘Do you want to buy a baby?’ There was a group of Roma people behind her and one was carrying a baby in blankets. It can’t have been more than three weeks old,” she told the Daily Express.
“I was disgusted. I told a police community officer in the park but I didn’t hear anything else from them.”
She said the shocking incident occurred more than a year ago as thousands of Roma migrants started moving into Sheffield, which is now home to the fastest growing Roma population in the UK.