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7 arrested in child exploitation investigation

Nov, 2014

Seven people have been arrested as part of an investigation into child sexual exploitation (CSE). Today, Wednesday 26 November 2014, officers executed raids in the Rochdale and Oldham areas. Six men and a boy, aged between 16 and 47 and of mixed ethnicity, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit sexual acts with a child. They remain in police custody for questioning. The investigation is being led by Sunrise, Rochdale’s multi-agency child sexual exploitation team. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Aston said: “The Sunrise team were initially looking at reasons why the children, two girls aged 15 and 13 and a 13-year-old boy, were going missing from home. Officers spoke to one of the girls who suggested they were being groomed between 16 September and 17 October 2014. “A swift investigation was launched and agencies worked together which has resulted in these arrests across the Rochdale and Oldham areas plus the safeguarding of three vulnerable children.” Paul Marshall, Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The success of Operation Infrared means that three vulnerable children are now safe and seven people have been arrested as part of this investigation. This type of multi-agency work exemplifies the best practice highlighted by Ofsted during their recent inspection of our response to CSE, and the work being carried out across Greater Manchester through Project Phoenix.” Anyone who is concerned about a child or young person should call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in emergencies. For more information on the Sunrise team go to www.thesunriseteam.co.uk Please visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk for information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sex exploitation and what to do about it.