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Photo of Michael Savage issues by police

Michael Savage, aged 35, has been missing from an address in Heywood since Sunday 20 October 2013.

He is described as white, about 6ft tall and of stocky build.

He is not in possession of prescribed medication and his family and police are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Anyone who has seen him or knows of his current whereabouts is asked to call police on 101.

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New Rochdale Community Forum launches in wake of grooming case

A new community forum is being launched in Rochdale today.

It is after nine men were convicted of grooming girls as young as 13 for sex in Heywood, near Rochdale.

Speakers at the launch event today will include Pater Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Nazir Afzal, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West and Rochdale Imam Irfan Chishti.

Girl drank 'straight vodka'

Liverpool crown court heard she started hanging out at the Tasty Bites takeaway in Heywood.

She said she would drink "straight" vodka and started to get calls from men who wanted to "chill" with her. They would pick her up at a Morrison's car park.

She said:

Most of the time I didn't know who it was, they'd just ring me are you coming, and I go yeah, and I didn't care who they were, I didn't know them, didn't know where we were going, just got in the car with people and then they took me to wherever".

– alleged victim

She was introduced to Adil Khan, of Oswald Street, Rochdale, known to her as Billy. It was alleged during the relationship the girl got pregnant with Khan's child. She went to a doctor with her mum and had an abortion while the pregnancy was still in its early stages.

Mr Khan and 10 other men accused of sexually abusing young girls in the area all deny the charges against them. The trial continues.

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