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  1. Matt O'Donoghue - Correspondent

Critics blast report for 'ignoring' ethnicity of offenders

The Coffey Report says young people are still "being preyed upon" across Greater Manchester.

But, despite the report being commissioned in the wake of the Rochdale scandal, critics say there is scant mention of on-street grooming by gangs of Asian men.

The report makes recommendations for training, education and the role parents and the community should play in future.

However, many are asking what is being done for those who have already been let down by a system that was supposed to care.

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  1. Ashley Derricott - Correspondent

Calls for more community projects to help tackle abuse

One thing Ann Coffey MP highlights in her report is that the police cannot tackle child sexual exploitation alone.

She calls for for a new approach led by young people themselves.

Among the projects visited and praised by Ann Coffey MP is one in Oldham run by two sisters.

Ashley Derricott went to meet some of those on the front line in the battle against child sexual exploitation.

Pellegrini 'concerned' by form ahead of Manchester derby

Manuel Pellegrini admits he is concerned by Manchester City's form as they head into this weekend's derby with Manchester United.

The reigning Capital One Cup holders were knocked out of the competition by Newcastle last night.

It capped a miserable week for the Blues after their Premier League defeat at West Ham and a disappointing Champions League draw at CSKA Moscow.

  1. Daniel Hewitt - Reporter

Child sex exploitation 'the norm' in Greater Manchester

A report has found that grooming and child sex are 'the norm' in parts of the North West, with girls and boys approached by older men outside their schools, in chip shops, and when they have gone missing from children's' homes.

The report was prepared by Labour MP Ann Coffey, who says we have all accepted that children have become more and more sexualised by the internet, music videos and messages they send on their phones.

Seven people jailed for kidnap and assault of two men

The seven men jailed for kidnapping and assaulting two men

Seven people have been jailed after holding two men hostage and threatening them with an arsenal of weapons, including an iron, a hammer, and knives.

  • Fateh Kashief Ahmed (12/12/66) Cheetham Hill (2 year 8 month sentence)
  • Shakoor Ahmed Butt (1/7/79) Cheetham Hill (2 year 8 month sentence)
  • Shazwan Ashraf (22/4/83) Cheetham Hill (2 year 8 month sentence)
  • Tariq Dhamial (19/7/60) Blackley (Sentenced to 4 years)
  • Ghulam Ali (29/1/81) Cheetham Hill (2 year 8 month sentence)
  • Abdul Zubair Qadus (7/7/81) Salford (2 year 8 month sentence)
  • Mohammed Khateer Ali (20/10/83) (2 year 3 month sentence)

It relates to an incident on 1 May 2014, when two victims were taken to a house in Cheetham Hill on the understanding that they were going to complete the sale of a house.

When they arrived at the address, they were confronted by five of the offenders, who became confrontational and demanded money from both victims.

Other men arrived and the victims were threatened with a hammer, a knife, a hot iron.

The victims were forced to ring their wives and arrange the transfer of £5000 and £9000 into two of the offender’s bank accounts.

Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe said:

“The victims were severely beaten and threatened for money that the offenders believed was owed to them from a previous fraud.

“They kept the two victims prisoner for a couple of days and this was clearly a terrifying experience for both men, but today justice has been done."

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Manchester Airport tram service to start from Monday

Credit: Manchester Evening News

There are just days to go until passengers can ride trams to the new Metrolink line to Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport.

The first public services along the new 14.5km route will be running from Monday morning - more than a year ahead of schedule.

Trams from the airport will run as far as Cornbrook until Metrolink’s Second City Crossing opens in 2017.

Full interview: Lee Clark on dragging Blackpool out of trouble

Lee Clark is the new manager of Blackpool Football Club.

It is a swift return to management after he was sacked by Birmingham City just 10 days ago.

He left them in the Championship's relegation zone, which is exactly where he finds his new club.

So can he do for Blackpool what he could not do for Birmingham, and drag them out of trouble?

He has signed a one-year rolling contract at Bloomfield Road and he's been speaking to our sports correspondent Chris Hall.

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Eleven bailed on child sex charges in Manchester

Eleven people arrested as part of a crackdown on child sexual exploitation in the south Manchester area have been released on police bail, Greater Manchester Police said.

The alleged offences include sexual activity with a child, attempted indecent assault, inciting a child into prostitution, abduction and rape.

The nine men and two women have been released on police bail until late November, pending further enquiries, a force spokesman said.

Read more: 11 held on child sex charges in Manchester

PM: 'Very early intervention' biggest lesson from report

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that Ann Coffey's report into child sexual exploitation is 'helpful' and 'makes some good contributions' to the debate.

But he went on to say that various agencies, such as the police and social services, need to intervene 'more quickly' to prevent the abuse of children across the country.

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