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Four arrested by police investigating child exploitation

Police investigating child sexual exploitation in Oldham have arrested four people. It's after two girls aged 15 and 16 who went missing from home tipped off police.

On Tuesday officers raided three homes and arrested two men, aged 25 and 30, on suspicion of sexual activity with a child under 16, conspiracy to commit a sexual offence with a child under 16 and human trafficking.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child under 16. A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of rape. All of the suspects have been bailed until July.

The arrests were made as part of Project Phoenix in the Oldham area.

The reason Project Phoenix was set up was to ensure vulnerable children are not taken advantage of and they are free from abuse.

“No child should go through the trauma of sexual exploitation and we are determined to protect children in the Greater Manchester area.

“We have arrested three people today but our work will not be completed until all our children are safe. I would ask those who are being abused to contact police as soon as possible. We have a team of specialist officers who can help victims through their ordeal and offer support. I would also ask if anyone knows of any abuse taking place, to get in contact.”

– Police Sergeant Tony Luker


Audience member: 'It has changed the way I might vote'

Events manager Rebecca Creamer from Oldham questioned the leaders at the debate last night on the problems young people face. The 25 year old was concerned about, jobs, housing pensions and having to pay for previous generations mistakes. Rebecca thinks her generation are 'getting a raw dal.' Surprisingly the answer she got might just change the way she'll vote next month.

Hospital trust commissioned review after maternity deaths

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The Trust is always keen to learn and to improve care. We commissioned a review by experts from outside the Trust to look at the details of a small number of maternity cases at our hospitals.

We are now considering that report and are developing a number of actions as a result to make some improvements to ensure we continue to provide the best quality of care for our patients.

We deliver 10,000 babies each year and would like to reassure families about the safety of maternity services at our hospitals, but if any expectant mother has a concern they can contact their designated midwife to discuss this.

– Gill Harris, Chief Nurse at Pennine Acute
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Probe into Greater Manchester maternity unit baby deaths

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Seven babies and three mums have died in two Greater Manchester maternity units in just eight months – sparking an independent investigation.

Bosses at Royal Oldham and North Manchester General hospitals called in outside experts to review the departments in light of the 10 tragedies.

It is understood the deaths took place between December 2013 and July last year – with four babies and two mums dying at Oldham, and three babies and one mother dying at North Manchester.


Two women arrested after death in Oldham

Police were caled to Littlemoor Lane in Oldham early this morning

Two women have been arrested following the death of a man in Oldham. Police were called to a house on Littlemoor Lane at one o'clock this morning to reports that a man had been injured. The 55 year old was later pronounced dead at the scene. Two women, aged 34 and 54, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are being questioned by detectives. A post mortem will be carried out later to establish the cause of death.

I want to offer reassurance to the community that we have made quick arrests following this man’s death and, at this stage, we are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

– Detective Superintendent Tony Creely, Greater Manchester Police

Deer found dying in a freezing canal is released back into the wild

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A deer found shivering in a freezing cold canal has now been released back into the wild. The roe was discovered in water near Chew Valley Road, in Greenfield, near Oldham, by a member of the public a fortnight ago.

Rescuers found she was shaking, lethargic and handed her over to the RSPCA for treatment. After recovering at one of the charity’s wildlife centres in Nantwich, she has now been released back into the wild. And as the video shows she was raring to go!

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