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Praise for child protection agencies after arrests

The children's charity Barnados has praised communications between the child protection agencies following the arrest of eleven people. Nine men and two women are being questioned in connection with child sexual exploitation in Longsight, Greater Manchester as part of an Operation codenamed, Heliodor. Sue Cuffe is Barnados Assistant Director.

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Report: Patrols stepped up after rape in Fallowfield

Police are stepping up patrols around Manchester's student areas after a series of rapes.

In the latest attack a student was dragged down an alley and raped in Fallowfield early Saturday morning.

Greater Manchester Police said it was a "harrowing and deeply distressing attack".

Ralph Blunsom reports:

Sexual exploitation offences "centred on Longsight"

Advice on tackling child sexual exploitation - where to find help

An image of the It's Not Okay website.
  • 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.
  • To speak to the police's Protect team email: protect.team@gmp.police.uk or call 0161 226 4196.
  • Anyone who is concerned about a child or young person should call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in emergencies, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  • For more information about Barnardo’s visit www.barnardos.org.uk.If you are a child and you want to speak to someone in confidence about any issue that is upsetting you, you can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or go to www.childline.org.uk to chat to a counsellor in confidence.
  • If you are an adult and you have concerns about a child you can speak to the NSPCC adult helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

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New campaign 'It's Not Okay' campaign against child sexual exploitation

Today's arrests were part of an operation code-named Op Heliodor, which was launched to combat child sexual exploitation and part of Project Phoenix - the campaign tackling CSE across Greater Manchester.

The team is made up of police, children’s services, health services, and Barnardos and covers Salford and Manchester area.

“We are pleased to be at the heart of an inter-agency partnership in Greater Manchester tackling child sexual exploitation; supporting and enabling young people to speak out and providing child victims of sexual exploitation with appropriate, long term support.”

– Lynn Perry MBE, Regional Director for Barnardo’s.

Greater Manchester Police said the arrests came after a week of action to "help prevent child sexual exploitation and raise awareness of the issue" and the launch of the campaign – “It’s Not Okay”.

The campaign hopes to protect children at risk by increasing people’s understanding of child sexual exploitation and how to spot the warning signs of CSE.

Click here to find out more about It's Not Okay.

11 arrests over child sexual exploitation

Eleven people were arrested in a new crackdown on child sexual exploitation in the south Manchester area.

Police held the suspects, aged between 19 and 38, after raiding six addresses in connection with offences including sexual activity with a child, attempted indecent assault, inciting a child into prostitution, abduction and rape.

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

“I want to assure our communities that combatting CSE 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."

– Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes of the Greater Manchester Police’s Protect Team

Police hunt Fallowfield rapist

The scene of the attack in Fallowfield.

Police are hunting a rapist who dragged a student into an alleyway and as she walked home from a night out in the city centre.

It happened around 3.40am on Saturday 25 October, the 19-year old victim was walking down Ladybarn Lane in Fallowfield when she was approached by a man who offered to walk her home before attacking her.

The offender is described as black or Asian, about 5ft 9in tall with a slim build and very short black hair. He was clean shaven and was wearing baggy blue or grey jeans and a long-sleeved top.

A police van parked close to the scene.
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Welsh speaking drunk in English police cell insists on interpreter

A drunken man who was arrested in Manchester demanded an interpreter after telling police he would only speak in Welsh. Officers spent four hours trying to find a Welsh language expert to deal with the man, 26, who could speak perfectly good English.

But they failed to find a translator and had to let him go without charge.

The Welsh speaker was arrested on this street for being drunk and disorderly. Credit: Google Streetview

Officers went onto Twitter to blast the "difficult and time-wasting" prisoner who was arrested at 2am for a public order offence in Sackville Street, Manchester.

Their official tweet said: "Drunk and disorderly - despite speaking English in custody, insisted on Welsh interpreter which we struggled to find.

"And no, it's not a dig at the Welsh, just frustration and feeling that someone was being difficult needlessly."

The un-named man was bailed to return to the police station when sober and he accepted an £80 fixed penalty fine - written in English.

Credit: PA

We spent several hours trying to find an interpreter for the man who has Welsh roots. He's wasted his own time and our time. At least he saw sense in the end.

– Greater Manchester Police
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