Maggie Oliver - Ex-Detective & Rochdale Whistleblower
Maggie Oliver is perhaps best known as the Detective-turned-whistleblower who resigned from Greater Manchester Police in late 2012 in order to expose the now infamous Rochdale Grooming Scandal. More recently known for her high profile appearance on Celebrity Big Brother - Year of the Woman and her regular appearances on Loose Women amongst others.
In October 2012 Maggie’s life changed forever when she was forced to resign from Greater Manchester Police. Earlier that year nine members of a paedophile ring had been sentenced for grooming and sexually abusing young girls in Rochdale. However this had barely scratched the surface of a highly organised crime group that numbered hundreds of perpetrators and countless young victims.
Maggie had worked in The Serious Crime Division of GMP for many years and as well as being commended for her work on countless gangland murders, shootings, kidnappings, rapes and witness protection jobs throughout her career, she had also been investigating multiple allegations of serious sexual assault by predominantly Pakistani men as early as 2003.
During the course of her work Maggie had interviewed many victims at length over many months, uncovering harrowing stories of the systematic abuse of girls as young as eleven. However she was continually shocked by the repeated failure of Senior Officers to record these allegations, to prosecute the serial offenders or to protect the young victims, a pattern which we have since seen repeated in many towns and cities throughout the UK. She was ultimately forced to choose between her conscience and her career, but felt morally bound to resign to speak out publicly and expose this long standing gross criminal neglect. As the first police officer ever to do this however, she had to face up to the very real possibility that she may go to prison for doing so.
Fighting feelings of disbelief, despair, fear, outrage and anger, her grit and determination to expose the truth was nevertheless unshakeable and this perseverance eventually led to the multi award-winning dramatisation of the case entitled Three Girls (BBC One) which brought some of the issues to public attention for the first time. Maggie was portrayed by the actress Lesley Sharp in the drama, which generated a huge national debate and was watched by over 9 million viewers when first broadcast in May 2017.
The background to this entire story is also one which includes great personal heartache. Happily married with four children, Maggie’s life changed forever in 2005 when after a brave two year battle with terminal bowel cancer, her husband and soulmate of almost 30 years died. Incredibly, tragedy struck again just 3 years later when her much loved 6 month old granddaughter Macie suffered a terrible medical mistake and overnight became blind and needed 24 hour care until she sadly died in 2011.
However, she has truly managed to turn that traumatic period in her life into a positive, and her story is totally inspiring and shows that by being brave you can overcome apparently insurmountable odds to be heard and make a difference. Maggie herself often highlights that there is nothing special or unusual about her, and that the only difference is that she has had to overcome severe traumas in both her personal and professional life, and that these life experiences have not only taught her valuable lessons but also made her stronger.
Characterful, credible, brave and honest, Maggie is highly respected throughout the country. Honest and never afraid to speak her mind, she is regularly invited onto radio and tv as a commentator on life, current affairs and Human Rights and is in high demand for public speaking engagements.
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Celebrity Big Brother 'Year of the Woman (Channel 5)
Three Girls (BBC One- Programmes Consultant)
The Betrayed Girls (BBC One- Key Contributor)
Loose Women (ITV)
Panorama. Stolen Childhoods: The Grooming Scandal (BBC One)
Newsnight (BBC Two)
File On Four- Rochdale Abuse (BBC Radio 4)
The Today Programme (BBC Radio 4)
Regular Contributor (BBC Radio 5)
Regular Contributor (Talk Radio)
Regular Contributor and Newspaper Reviewer (BBC Radio Manchester)