Operation Jetson – Investigation into physical assaults against children

This is a joint statement between the Muslim Council of Southampton (MCS) and Hampshire Constabulary to alert communities about safeguarding their male children.

The police are interested to hear from you or anyone even if the procedure took place in the distant past where Mohammed Siddiqui has carried out the circumcision.

Contact the police on 101 and ask for DCI Fiona Bitters.

Operation Jetson – Investigation into physical assaults against children

Hampshire Constabulary is leading a joint investigation with Thames Valley Police into physical assaults against children, relating to circumcision procedures performed on boys at home.

Mohammed Siddiqui, aged 52, was arrested in July 2018 on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remains under investigation.  It is believed that he is still undertaking circumcisions across the UK and it has come to police attention that he may be operating in Hampshire.

DCI Fiona Bitters, of Hampshire Constabulary has said “This is a large investigation and we are already speaking to a number of people in relation to these allegations, however we would like to speak to anyone who may have information that can help us. We are asking parents/guardians of boys circumcised privately since 2015 to contact police on the following e-mail: Operation.Jetson@hampshire.pnn.police.uk or by ringing 101

“We are not investigating the practice of circumcision. We are investigating if any criminality took place relating to this individual’s actions when undertaking this procedure”

The Muslim Council of Southampton (MCS) is co-operating with Hampshire Constabulary to bring to the attention of and to raise awareness among the Muslim and other communities who practice male circumcision about the activities of Dr Mohammed Siddiqui to ensure no male child is put at risk of harm.

Dr Siddiqui was employed as a Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Surgery at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust between June 2012 and November 2013. Dr Siddiqui also operated a Mobile Children’s Circumcision Service outside the NHS during this time and carried out circumcisions on male babies in their homes for parents who wanted their male babies/ children to undergo this procedure for religious or cultural reasons.

He faced 47 allegations when he operated on male children outside work hours between June 2012 and November 2013. He was suspended from his post, stopped carrying out the procedures and resigned from the NHS and surrendered his GMC registration.

He then continued to provide a poor and dangerous practice without registering with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and without any indemnity insurance for his private work

0n 28th February 2015 the Daily Echo reported that Mohammed Siddiqui had been struck off for carrying out circumcisions under unhygienic conditions which had left children “writhing in agony”.  “The 69 charges proved against him included performing the operations without washing his hands, using baby wipes and paper towels to clean patients’ pubic areas and not using antiseptic agents”

 

MCS alerts the community and parents and families not to engage with Mohammed Siddiqui to circumcise their male children. If you need further information please contact MCS on mcs.chair@outlook.com

If parents wish to seek advice on circumcision for their sons please contact MCS for a list of suitable clinicians

 

If you have had this procedure carried out on your child the Hampshire Constabulary is keen to speak to you about the experience.

 

Please call 101 and ask for Hampshire Constabulary quoting Operation Jetson. Alternatively, you can also call Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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