A senior police figure has questioned comments made by Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, on BBC’s Question Time regarding the New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne.
The Cologne attacks involved up to one hundred suspects and there were three reports of rape and tens of reports of sexual harrassment. Women were allegedly surrounded by up to thirty or forty men and there were reports of theft of phones and money.
Phillips said on BBC’s Question Time that:
“A very similar situation to what happened in Cologne could be describing Broad Street in Birmingham every week”.
Andy Parsons, the Police Commander for Birmingham, said:
“There are numerous opportunities and points at which people could report such conduct. And I think that’s the important point – that we would urge people if they have been subjected to that to do so. The fact is we’re not seeing that come forward”.
Phillips has yet to provide evidence for the comments she made and she has also refused to apologise. A spokesman for David Cameron, the Prime Minister, rejected Phillips’s comments.