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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

Four years jail for primary school teacher who abused pupils in class

Anthony Kerr was jailed for four years. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A "shocking and blatant" teacher who groped boys during primary school lessons has been jailed for four years.

Anthony Kerr, 71, of Netherlees, Oldham, had earlier pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to 29 historical offences of sexual assault.

The offences relate to sexual abuse of nine boys during their time a school in Greater Manchester between 1979 and 1982.

Nine victims told the police that Kerr would encourage boys to sit on his knee at the front of class while reading out load.

He would then sexually assault them.

In addition to his four years imprisonment, Kerr was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Kerr's shocking and blatant abuse of innocent children has left a lasting scar on all his victims.

"Not only did he sexual abuse young boys, but he did it in front of the whole class. This added an extra element of humiliation to his crimes as the abuse was common knowledge among classmates.

"Without the bravery of all his victims, particularly the first one to come forward, we would not be in a position to see Kerr finally receive his punishment.

"Their courage should hopefully encourage any other victims of sexual abuse to now come forward and speak to the police."

– Detective Constable Sue Chadwick, Greater Manchester Police

Teenage cyclist stabbed in Salford

The incident happened on Bolton Road in Irlams O Th Height. Credit: Google maps.

A teenager suffered a stab wound to his leg after being attacked in Salford.

The 18-year-old man was cycling along Bolton Road in Irlams O Th Height when he was attacked yesterday afternoon.

Four men got out of a car and one of the group was heard to say "stab him".

The teenager was stabbed in the leg. He suffered a 10cm deep wound which needed hospital treatment.

After the attack, the victim ran to a nearby dental surgery to raise the alarm and the four men drove off.

The attackers have not been described but police are appealing to anyone with information about the stabbing to come forward.

The teenager was stabbed yesterday. Credit: Google Street View

"We are dealing with what appears to be a random, motiveless attack on a young man.

"He was out minding his own business with his friends when he was attacked for no apparent reason, suffering a serious and deep stab wound to his leg which has needed hospital treatment.

"We need to find the culprits and I would encourage anyone who has information about what happened to come forward and help us.

"If you know what happened, or you witnessed the attack itself, or perhaps you suspect who may be responsible, then please call us."

– Detective Sergeant Julie Connor, Greater Manchester Police

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5351 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Police hunt thief who attacked 91-year-old woman

Police in Manchester looking for man who attacked a 91-year-old woman. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police in Manchester say they are hunting for a "cowardly and wicked" thief who dragged a 91-year-old woman to the ground and snatched her bag.

The victim was left with bruising across her body following the incident in Whalley Range, Manchester, on Friday afternoon.

The thief is described as having dark skin, about 5ft 5in tall and was dressed all in black. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to bruising across her body, police said.

Prosecutions after teen apprentice killed in factory tragedy

Apprentice Cameron Minshull was 16 when he died

Police have issued summonses after a teenage apprentice from Bury was killed when he was entangled into machinery at a factory.

Cameron Minshull, 16, was just weeks into an engineering apprenticeship when the tragedy happened in January 2013.

Greater Manchester Police said Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd have been summonsed for offences of corporate manslaughter and failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees. Two employees have also been summonsed for offences of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Lime People Training Solutions Ltd, which places apprentices with employers, has been summonsed for failing to ensure the health and safety of a person other than an employee.

The matter will be heard before Bury Magistrates’ Court on November 4.

Police investigate suspicious incidents of men approaching children

Greater Manchester Police issues the warning today. Credit: ITV News

Police have warned parents to be alert after a number of reports of men acting suspiciously towards children.

Three incidents were reported to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) yesterday, including a report of a man in an old-type Land Rover approaching youngsters in the Abbey Hey area and asking where they lived, shortly after 3.50pm.

The man was described as black, about 40 years old, with short dark hair.

Shortly after 5pm, police received another report that two men in a car had spoken to an 11-year-old girl while she was out jogging, telling her they had been sent to take her home.

The small hatchback car was described as "appearing old", dark green and similar in size to a Nissan Micra or VW Polo. There were two men inside the vehicle but neither got out at any point, police said.

One of the men was described as being in his 30s with long black hair and clean shaven, while the other man looked similar, GMP said.

Shortly after 7.10pm, police received reports that a man on a swing had taken pictures of young girls in Clayton Memorial Park on his phone before following them when they walked off.

He was described as black and had stubble or a short beard and was wearing a red cap. He told children in the park he was 12 years old and appeared confused.

Detective Inspector Mark Hudson said: "Thankfully, no attempt has been made to grab or physically harm any of the children, however, they, their families and no doubt the communities will be concerned about this.

"We are keeping an open mind about these incidents, which at the moment amount to suspicious activity.

"We will brief officers in the relevant neighbourhoods and keep an eye out for people and vehicles matching the descriptions.

"The children have done exactly the right thing in telling parents and the police.

"These incidents act as a reminder that children should not talk to strangers and I would encourage parents to talk to their kids about this and to stress that if they are approached in this manner to simply walk away and tell an adult."

76-year-old woman critically ill after being stabbed during a burglary at her Manchester home

An elderly woman was stabbed in the neck during a burglary at her home in Chorlton.

The robbery happened shortly before 4pm today at her home near Manley Road.

She was taken to hospital where her condition is described as critical.

Police are now appealing for witnesses and are asking for people to come forward.

Anyone with information should phone 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed a man leaving the Manley Road area this afternoon and thinks they saw something relevant to this investigation to call us.

“To offer reassurance to the community, we will be increasing police patrols in the area and would ask anyone who has concerns, to speak to their local officer.”

– Detective Inspector Rebecca Duggan, Greater Manchester Police
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