Police in Lancashire today announced three arrests as part of an investigation into serious grooming allegations
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested as part of a police investigation into child sexual exploitation.
Police in Lancashire today announced three arrests as part of an investigation into serious grooming allegations.
The inquiries centre around a 15-year-old victim from Burnley.
Two other men were arrested this morning as part of the operation.
Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested at an address in Colne Road, Burnley, on suspicion of conspiracy to groom a child under 16.
And a 19-year-old man was arrested at an address in Fifth Avenue, Burnley, on suspicion of conspiracy to groom a child under 16.
The 16-year-old boy was arrested at an address in Grey Street, Burnley, on suspicion of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The men are all currently in custody, Lancashire police said.
The alleged offences took place over the past few months in Burnley.
Specially trained officers are continuing to work with the victim – a 15-year-old local girl.
Det Sergeant Sheralyn Melton from Lancashire Constabulary Public Protection Unit said: “We are at the very early stages of an investigation and we have been working closely with the victim.
“Tackling child sexual exploitation is one of the Constabulary’s top priorities and we, along with our partners, will continue to target offenders and help those children who have become, or are at risk of becoming, victims.”
The arrests came on the same day that a CPS prosecutor was criticised for referring to a 13-year-old victim of paedophile Neil Wilson as “predatory” and “sexually experienced”.
Wilson’s sentence is set to be reviewed.
- By Sam Chadderton