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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

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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

Letter: Grooming still a big problem

Published July 4, 2013 by misty534

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THE Lancashire Telegraph is to be applauded for the ‘Keep Them Safe’ campaign which seven years ago quite dramatically exposed and identified gangs of depraved older predatory Asian males grooming and sexually exploiting vulnerable young white girls.

It culminated in the the groundbreaking formation of the local Engage Team, an inter-agency approach to this sickening and pernicious problem.

There is no doubt in my mind that the systematic failure of the police and social services to act effectively and protect these girls can be laid firmly at the door of the Macpherson Inquiry, following the death of Stephen Lawrence, when he labelled the Metropolitan Police as being an ‘institutionally racist’ organisation.

It was an indictment accepted without protest by the weak and liberal-minded leaders of all provincial forces whose inexcusable reaction to such a label was to look the other way and pussyfoot and tiptoe around any criminal activity that may have had racial content and possibly undermined their official creed of cultural diversity.

I have also believed for some time that Britain’s complacent Pakistani community must urgently confront and address this issue themselves, and it is refreshing to read that at last Asian community leaders have finally recognised their responsibility and are to deliver sermons in mosques and madrasas condemning this barbaric practice (LT June 29).

Sadly, the recent sentencing of the Oxford paedophile ring reminds us all that this evil in our midst still exists.

 

Lancashire Telegraph

Prestwich man among four arrested in swoop on suspected child sex ring

Published April 27, 2013 by misty534

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Prestwich on suspicion of rape, child trafficking, arranging a child sexual offence and conspiracy to commit a sexual offence

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A man from Bury has been arrested in a swoop on a suspected child sex ring.

Four addresses across the north west were raided yesterday as officers probed a string of grooming allegations.

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Prestwich on suspicion of rape, child trafficking, arranging a child sexual offence and conspiracy to commit a sexual offence.

Three other men were also arrested in Nelson, Lancashire.

The joint operation by Greater Manchester Police and Lancashire Constabulary relates to allegations by one girl from Bury, in what police believe is an isolated case.

She is alleged to have been groomed in both Bury and Lancashire within the last two years.

Insp Carol Hobson, of the Bury Public Protection Investigation Unit, said: “I want to stress that we are at the early stages of our investigation and are working very closely with the victim. This appears to be an isolated case and there is no threat to the wider community.

“Child sexual exploitation is one of Greater Manchester Police’s top priorities and the team working on this investigation include officers from the Public Protection Division and Lancashire’s Freedom team, who are experts in dealing with vulnerable victims and working with partner agencies.”

Bury South MP Ivan Lewis said: “These allegations will cause widespread concern and revulsion amongst Prestwich residents. Anyone found guilty of abusing children should expect to feel the full force of the law.”

Police Commissioner Tony Lloyd said the probe shows GMP is taking allegations of grooming seriously. He said: “The public expects that this is number one on GMP’s agenda. Each arrest shows that our police are serious. It’s about protecting vulnerable people across Greater Manchester and our society as a whole.”

As well as the Prestwich arrest, a second man, aged 20, was arrested in Nelson on suspicion of the same offences.

Two other men, both aged 18, were also arrested there on suspicion of child trafficking, arranging a child sexual offence and conspiracy to commit a sexual offence. All four were in custody last night.

 

Manchester evening news

Prestwich man among four arrested in swoop on suspected child sex ring

Published April 27, 2013 by misty534

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Prestwich on suspicion of rape, child trafficking, arranging a child sexual offence and conspiracy to commit a sexual offence

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A man from Bury has been arrested in a swoop on a suspected child sex ring.

Four addresses across the north west were raided yesterday as officers probed a string of grooming allegations.

An 18-year-old man was arrested in Prestwich on suspicion of rape, child trafficking, arranging a child sexual offence and conspiracy to commit a sexual offence.

Three other men were also arrested in Nelson, Lancashire.

The joint operation by Greater Manchester Police and Lancashire Constabulary relates to allegations by one girl from Bury, in what police believe is an isolated case.

She is alleged to have been groomed in both Bury and Lancashire within the last two years.

Insp Carol Hobson, of the Bury Public Protection Investigation Unit, said: “I want to stress that we are at the early stages of our investigation and are working very closely with the victim. This appears to be an isolated case and there is no threat to the wider community.

“Child sexual exploitation is one of Greater Manchester Police’s top priorities and the team working on this investigation include officers from the Public Protection Division and Lancashire’s Freedom team, who are experts in dealing with vulnerable victims and working with partner agencies.”

Bury South MP Ivan Lewis said: “These allegations will cause widespread concern and revulsion amongst Prestwich residents. Anyone found guilty of abusing children should expect to feel the full force of the law.”

Police Commissioner Tony Lloyd said the probe shows GMP is taking allegations of grooming seriously. He said: “The public expects that this is number one on GMP’s agenda. Each arrest shows that our police are serious. It’s about protecting vulnerable people across Greater Manchester and our society as a whole.”

As well as the Prestwich arrest, a second man, aged 20, was arrested in Nelson on suspicion of the same offences.

Two other men, both aged 18, were also arrested there on suspicion of child trafficking, arranging a child sexual offence and conspiracy to commit a sexual offence. All four were in custody last night.

 

Manchester evening news

Child sex gang “actively targeted” girls from troubled homes

Published April 16, 2013 by misty534

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VULNERABLE young girls were groomed and sexually exploited in a “pattern repeated time and time again”, the Old Bailey heard this morning.

The jury was told the nine men accused of involvement in a child sex gang in Oxford had “actively targeted” girls from troubled homes lives.

And prosecutor Noel Lucas said the six complainants who testified in the case had been “ideal candidates” for abuse by the gang, After three months, evidence in the trial finished last week.

Beginning his closing speech this morning, Mr Lucas told the jury: “This is the start of the final chapter of this long trial.”

He said: “I told you in opening that the complainants had been actively targeted because they were vulnerable young girls; children who were out playing truant.

“Having heard the evidence in the case, you may feel that that is precisely what happened.

“We submit it is a pattern which repeats itself time after time again in this case.”

He said the alleged victims known as Girl 1, 2, 3, and 4 – who claim they were raped and trafficked for sex from 2004 to 2008 – were “vulnerable young women”.

He said: “Each had been found by various combinations of these defendants.

“Each had been groomed. Each had been provided with affection, alcohol and drugs and gifts. Each was made to provide sexual services.”

He added: “Each of the first four complainants are now that little bit older and are able to look on that time of their lives as something they are ashamed of and anxious to forget.”
 

He also reminded the jury that Girl 5 and 6 were only 16 and 17, adding: “Neither (Girl 5) nor (Girl 6), it would seem, has reached the point of looking back on their young selves and realising what they have been put through.”

Judge Peter Rook last week told the jury he hoped to send them out to consider verdicts on May 1.

The defendants deny the charges. The trial continues.

 

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