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Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation in Lancashire

Published November 10, 2014 by misty534

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Today sees the launch of a week of activity aimed at raising awareness within Lancashire on how to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Lancashire Constabulary will undertake a range of educational and operational activities in conjunction with all their partners, focusing on prevention, awareness, enforcement and community engagement.

The week long programme will include visits to schools and care homes where officers will explain the importance to children and adults of recognising the signs and risk factors involved in exploitation.

Officers will be attending known hotspots, monitoring licensed premises and carrying out warrants throughout the week across the whole of the county.

The focus is to highlight work that is currently undertaken every day by Lancashire Constabulary and its partners throughout the county, by raising awareness through the week of action.

Detective Superintendent Sue Cawley, head of Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit said: “Tackling child sexual exploitation is extremely important for the constabulary and we are committed to preventing child sexual abuse, supporting victims and bringing those responsible to justice.

“At a time when the media spotlight is upon child sexual exploitation, we are working hard to show that we have learnt lessons from the past and that we are listening to victims, treating them with sensitivity and respect and that we do take their allegations seriously.

“Each day of the awareness week will focus on a specific element linked with child sexual exploitation and officers will be working closely with local communities, councils, children’s charities, schools and the NHS to highlight the different aspects of child sexual exploitation.

“We are determined to stop children being abused and exploited; to prevent harm to those being abused and to help them get out of the exploitative relationship they are in; to bring to justice to all those who commit such abhorrent crimes and to ensure that the public are confident to come forward when they require our help.

“The public quite rightly expects us to protect children from being exploited and that is exactly what we will continue to deliver, as our approach is a long term one that will reach far beyond the week of awareness.

“We would encourage anyone who has been, or knows someone who has been, sexually abused, groomed or exploited to come forward and contact police confident in the knowledge they will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.”

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “CSE has never been higher on the public agenda – residents rightly want to know their police force is doing all it can to protect their children.

“It is a problem which society as a whole needs to acknowledge and take steps toward addressing – tackling CSE requires not only a multi-agency approach, but everyone living in Lancashire to play a role.

“Here in Lancashire the Constabulary and our partners have an excellent record when it comes to addressing the issue of CSE but, despite this, it remains a very real problem within our communities – and as your Police and Crime Commissioner I know it is not something we can afford to be complacent about.

“That is why this awareness week is so vitally important, not only to highlight the work the Constabulary and our partners undertake 365 days a year, but also to educate the public. Parents, teachers, youth workers – anyone who comes into contact with children needs to recognise the signs of CSE, and that is what the Lancashire campaign – The More You Know, The More You See – aims to do.

“Only by ensuring communities know the signs of exploitation, can we ensure more children are protected from harm.”

If you are concerned about a young person you know, call Lancashire Police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

You can also visit www.lancashire.police.uk/cse for lots more information, or visit their website website dedicated for young people for help and advice on a range of subjects including CSE www.trusted2know.co.uk/cse

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.

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Men arrested in child sex investigation

Published April 27, 2013 by misty534

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DETECTIVES have arrested four men as part of a joint investigation into the child sexual exploitation of a girl from Bury.

Officers executed warrants at three addresses in Nelson and an address in Prestwich today.

Two men, aged 18 and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of rape, child trafficking, arranging a child sexual offence and conspiracy to commit a sexual offence.

The 18-year-old was arrested in Prestwich.

Two 18-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of child trafficking, arranging a child sexual offence and conspiracy to commit a sexual offence.

All suspects are currently in police custody.

Specially trained officers have been dealing with the victim, a 15-year-old girl, who was 14 at the time the offences took place.

The offences took place at addresses in both Bury and Lancashire.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Carol Hobson, of Bury Police, 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 GMPs 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 Times

Men arrested in child sex investigation

Published April 27, 2013 by misty534

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DETECTIVES have arrested four men as part of a joint investigation into the child sexual exploitation of a girl from Bury.

Officers executed warrants at three addresses in Nelson and an address in Prestwich today.

Two men, aged 18 and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of rape, child trafficking, arranging a child sexual offence and conspiracy to commit a sexual offence.

The 18-year-old was arrested in Prestwich.

Two 18-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of child trafficking, arranging a child sexual offence and conspiracy to commit a sexual offence.

All suspects are currently in police custody.

Specially trained officers have been dealing with the victim, a 15-year-old girl, who was 14 at the time the offences took place.

The offences took place at addresses in both Bury and Lancashire.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Carol Hobson, of Bury Police, 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 GMPs 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 Times

School volunteer from Tarleton kept obscene images, court hears

Published March 26, 2013 by misty534

A PRIMARY school volunteer helper was found to have children’s underwear in his bedroom and obscene images of youngsters, a court has heard.

Police officers raided Zbigniew Kadlubowski’s Lancashire home after suspicions arose about him downloading indecent images and they arrived to seize his computer.

He was out at the time and when they went into his untidy bedroom they found items including a child’s doll and girl’s clothing, including knickers, which he had bought on the internet.

When his computer was analysed it was found to have a total of 5,841 pornographic images of children aged between five and 13, in all categories of seriousness plus 85 images of extreme porn, said Harry Pepper, prosecuting.

When Kadlunowski, a 32-year-old Pole, was arrested he admitted downloading the images and wearing children’s clothing at the same time for sexual gratification. He also confessed that he had been doing so for three years.

Kadlubowski admitted 21 offences of making and possessing indecent images and also pleaded guilty to stealing four pairs of shorts from the school where he had been volunteering assisting children with their lessons for three years.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Kadlubowski of Hesketh Lane, Tarleton, near Southport, was arrested by police on the day of the raid, February 11 this year at the school, Becconsall All Saints C of E Primary School, Hesketh Bank, also near Southport.

Sentencing him Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, described it as a sad case involving “sexual perversion.” He imposed a three year community order with attendance on the demanding Northumbria Sex Offenders Programme, He warned him that if he breaches the orders he will face jail.

The judge also imposed an order restricting his computer and internet use, banned him from working with children and ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Simon Christie, defending, said that Kadlubowski had been educated to a high standard in Warsaw as an electoral mechanical engineer but after moving to England eight years ago had been living an isolated life.

He was a hard worker who had been employed as a cleaner and had relationships with women but they had not lasted. He had admitted what he had been doing and accepted that he needed help, said Mr Christie.

 

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