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Boy, 16, arrested as part of police investigation into child sexual exploitation in Burnley, Lancashire

Published August 7, 2013 by misty534


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

Six arrested in grooming and child sex investigation

Published April 4, 2013 by misty534



Left, City Council cabinet member for Childrens Services Sheila Scott; right, Det Supt Gary Ridgway.



Thursday, 8.20am: Police working with city council and the NSPCC, have confirmed ongoing inquiries into allegations of grooming and child sex offences in Peterborough.

Six men have been arrested as part of the investigation, it is believed that some of the alleged victims could be as young as 12.

The Peterborough Telegraph understands the men arrested are of various nationalities and the police investigation into the allegations is still ongoing.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesperson said: “Six men from Peterborough have been arrested in connection with sex offences and are all currently on police bail.”

“At this stage we believe we may have a number of possible victims but it is too early to be more specific than that. Our priority is to identify those we believe are at risk and take action to protect them and keep them safe from harm.”

The arrests come as part of a joint police and Peterborough City Council inves­tigation into the possibility of child grooming in the city. The police investigation, codenamed Erle, began earlier this year as a result of information from the city council highlighting areas of concern.

The investigation in Peterborough is understood to be at an early stage and police are working closely with Peterborough City Council and the NSPCC.

Det Supt Gary Ridgway, head of Cambridgeshire Police Public Protection Department is leading the Cambridhshire Police investigation in Peterborough. Cllr Sheila Scott, Peterborough City Council cabinet member for Children’s Services, said the authority was supporting the police investion: “We want to do all we can to support the police and we will continue to do that for as long as is necessary.”

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “We are aware of this investigation and are supporting the police and local authorities as appropriate.

“ChildLine is here 24 hours a day for children and young people who need to talk on 0800 1111 and

“Adults who have concerns about a child can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or email”

For more information on the NSPCC visit