11 held as child abuse gang smashed


Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A suspected child sex abuse gang has been smashed by police officers as part of a crackdown on exploitation of young girls.

Eleven people have been arrested under Operation Heliodor in the south Manchester area, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

The suspected abusers, a ged between 19 and 38, have been arrested for alleged offences including sexual activity with a child, attempted indecent assault, inciting child prostitution, abduction and rape.

The arrests come at a time of increased scrutiny over the way police forces, including Greater Manchester, deal with child sexual exploitation allegations in the wake of damning reports and claims that widespread abuse of children was effectively ignored by officers for years.

Operation Heliodor is part of Project Phoenix, a multi-agency campaign tackling child sexual exploitation in the Greater Manchester area.

The arrests came after interventions from a multi-agency team into sexual exploitation of girls and its links to organised crime in and around the Longsight area of Manchester, as well as other areas.

The team is made up of police, children’s services, health services, and Barnardo’s and covers the Salford and Manchester areas.

Earlier this month, it was claimed child sex grooming gangs in Greater Manchester have avoided prosecution due to a failure by the police force to pursue claims against them.

GMP was accused by serving and former detectives of attempting to cover up failings to tackle gangs of Asian men who were abusing young girls.

Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes, of the Greater Manchester Police’s Protect Team, said she expects more warrants and arrests as the force continues its investigation.

She said: “Tackling child sexual exploitation and those responsible for such heinous crimes is an absolute priority for us.

“I want to assure our communities that combating child sexual exploitation is a force priority for GMP and we would encourage anyone who is a victim of this kind of abuse to come to either us, a family member or the charities and support agencies who are out there and help us bring the offenders to justice.”

Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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