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Progress report on Rochdale sex abuse investigation

Rochdale's MP Simon Danczuk will give evidence to MPs today about the progress of investigations into historical sex abuse in his constituency and beyond.

It follows demands to discover how the late Cyril Smith was able to getaway with exploiting youngsters for so long.

Two years ago a paedophile gang was jailed for grooming youngsters for sex in the town

Rochdale paedophile loses appeal against conviction

Shabir Ahmed Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The ringleader of a gang convicted of grooming vunerable girls for sex in Rochdale has lost his appeal against his conviction today.

Shabir Ahmed was jailed for 19 years in May 2012 for his part in the paedophile ring.

The case was heard before the Court of Appeal in London.

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Rochdale sex grooming ringleader appeals conviction

Shabir Ahmed was convicted in May 2012 Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The ringleader of a gang convicted of grooming vunerable girls for sex in Rochdale is appealing against his conviction today.

Shabir Ahmed was jailed for 19 years in May 2012 for his part in the paedophile ring.

The case is being heard before the Court of Appeal in London.

Concerns over 'missing person' overhaul

Childcare experts have raised concerns over plans to stop police being called out to around a third of missing persons cases after the Rochdale sex ring case.

The NSPCC warned changes could put children at risk of being exploited as there is often a link between the two.

The changes are being made following cases such as the Rochdale child sex ring, where nine men were jailed for grooming and abusing vulnerable teenage girls.

We are very concerned that the new definition of 'missing persons' will put vulnerable children at risk of being groomed and sexually exploited.

The length of time a child goes missing is irrelevant because they can fall into the clutches of abusers very quickly.

Children go missing for a variety of reasons - they may be bullied, abused or are generally unhappy. But whatever the reason, this problem must be taken seriously.

We expect all professionals including the police to invest the right amount of time and take the necessary action to protect all children as soon as they go missing."

– David Tucker, head of policy at the NSPCC

A report by the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board painted a picture of girls as young as 10 being targeted for sexual abuse having been written off by those in authority who said they believed the children were "making their own choices" and "engaging in consensual sexual activity".

Cases like Rochdale 'have to be dealt with'

Radical measures to transform the way the criminal justice system tackles child sex abuse after Rochdale and Savile cases is agreed.

DPP Keir Starmer QC said what happened in Rochdale has to be dealt with.

Nine men who ran a child sexual exploitation ring in the town were jailed last year. The men from Rochdale and Oldham, who exploited girls as young as 13 were given sentences ranging from four to 19 years.

The men were found guilty of a variety of offences which included rape and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.

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Rochdale child sex-ring report highlights serious failings

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Agencies blamed for not believing victims of abuse Credit: ITV Granada

A serious case review has found social services missed a number of chances to stop a gang abusing young girls in Rochdale.

It comes after nine men were jailed for seventy seven years for grooming five girls as young as thirteen.

Police found care workers did not understand the sexual exploitation of children and instead concluded that the girls were either lying or acting as prostitutes.

Police believe there could have been up to 47 child victims

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