A MINISTER last night stood by claims Thames Valley Police tried to pressure him not to raise in Parliament its failure to stop an Oxford paedophile.
Rob Wilson said he regarded discussions with officers as threats when he was preparing to ask questions in the Commons as to why David Cullen was free to abuse children when the convicted paedophile was being monitored by the force.
Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire social services were criticised in a serious case review over former Blackbird Leys man Cullen.
The Reading East MP has raised the 2009 discussions following revelations two weeks ago of similar failings over the abuse of young girls in Oxford in Bullfinch.
Mr Wilson said Chief Constable Sara Thornton was one of those he spoke to over Cullen – jailed for life in 2008 – but she hit back, saying his allegations were “unfounded and potentially libellous”.
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