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Lords debate sexual grooming 'closure orders'

Commissioner Tony Lloyd Credit: PA

Granting police the power to close buildings they believe are being used to sexually groom children, will be debated in parliament later.

The measure has been proposed by Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd.

Mr Lloyd says: "This simple, straightforward measure would give police a powerful tool to disrupt the wicked activities of men who seek to sexually abuse young people."

A member of the Lords has tabled the measure as an amendment to a bill currently before parliament.

Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd is to hold a wide-ranging inquiry into the issue of child sexual exploitation.

The inquiry will be chaired by Ann Coffey, Stockport MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults.

Mr Lloyd's office said it follows the child grooming case in Rochdale which saw nine men imprisoned for a total of 77 years last year for the abuse of dozens of girls in the town.

The Coffey Inquiry will speak to agencies, experts, victims and their families, as well as drawing together the reports published on the case.

Mr Lloyd said he hopes the inquiry will report back with recommendations on how agencies can work better together to respond effectively to the issue.

The Rochdale grooming case was, of course, shocking. These evil men destroyed the lives of dozens of girls in Rochdale.

"Those victims were subsequently let down by many agencies in Rochdale.

“This inquiry will look at the mistakes of the past, but more importantly it will look at what has been done since to protect young people.

"There has been a real and lasting transformation in the way police, council, health and other agencies have faced up to this devastating and complex issue in Rochdale."

– Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester.

The Rochdale case shocked the country and opened many people’s eyes to the horrors of child sexual exploitation.

“It is important to assess what progress has been made since then in safeguarding children in Greater Manchester and to see what more needs to be done in the future.”

– Ann Coffey, Member of Parliament for Stockport.

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Conference on sexual exploitation in Lancashire

Lancashire Police is hosting a conference to share ideas on dealing with child sexual exploitation. The conference will cover lessons learned from recent high profile investigations and their impact on community cohesion and feature a case study of group related abuse and exploitation.

“We strive for excellence in all areas of policing, and none more so than in our protection of children to keep them safe from being abused and exploited. This conference will allow agencies to share good practice in relation to the provision of the best possible care for victims and their families.A significant area for us all requiring both cultural and legal change is how victims of exploitation, particularly those that have been in care, are both perceived and treated by services..”

– Det Supt Ian Critchley, Lancashire Constabulary

"Ensuring services for victims of CSE are supported is a key part of the Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan, and I am proud to be able to represent him at this conference. We must ensure we all work together to tackle and raise awareness of CSE, and this event is an excellent example of that. It will allow valuable resources and best practice to be shared, as well as strengthening the Constabulary's commitment to tackling CSE. I hope all victims across Lancashire – or anyone concerned a child may be being abused – will feel they can come forward to Lancashire police."

– Ibrahim Master, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

Lancashire Police to host exploitation conference

Lancashire Police say they've seen a 30 percent increase in referrals over the past three years Credit: PA

Lancashire Police will host a conference on child sexual exploitation. The aim is to bring together experts to share best practice in dealing with the issue. Last year the force received 1,307 referrals about vulnerable children.

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Rochdale grooming ringleader jailed for rape

Shabir Ahmed Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The ringleader of a gang of Asian men who groomed young white girls for sex has been jailed for 22 years for a "campaign of rape" against a young Asian girl.

Shabir Ahmed, 59, led a child sex exploitation ring of nine men who targeted vulnerable young girls in the Rochdale and Oldham areas.

He was jailed for 19 years in May following an 11-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.Today he received another prison term - to run concurrently - after he was convicted in June of 30 specimen counts of child rape.

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