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Rochdale MP says child sex abuse inquiry was 'mishandled' from the start

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says the Home Secretary has mishandled the sex abuse inquiry from the beginning. It comes as reports claim Theresa May could disband the panel set up to run the public child sex abuse investigation in the New Year. It was set up in light of recent scandals like the grooming ring in Rochdale which saw a number of men jailed for preying on young girls.

The MP also told Granada Reports that despite rumours he was defecting to UKIP after a meeting with Nigel Farage he was sticking solidly with Labour.

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Two men rob wheelchair user in his own home

CCTV footage of a man wanted in connection with a robbery in Rochdale Credit: PA

A 19-year-old man living in Rochdale was robed in his own home at around 8.20pm on Wednesday October 29.

The young man heard a bang and a window smash, when he opened the door, he came face to face with two men holding batons. They robed him of his money and left.

Police have now released CCTV footage of a man wanted in connection with the robbery.

The victim suffered a tragic accident meaning he now needs to use a wheelchair and crutches to support himself. We believe the men have deliberately targeted him because of this and have made threats to return. Understandably the victim has been left upset by the incident and feared for his safety.

– Scott Britton, Police Constable

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8549 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Priest accused of historic sexual abuse allegations

Canon Mortimer Stanley. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

A Catholic priest has been charged with a string of sex offences dating back 30 years.

Canon Mortimer Stanley returned to Greater Manchester from his home in Ireland to face the allegations at Bury Magistrates court today.

The Crown Prosecution Service authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Canon Stanley, 82, after complaints by former pupils at a Rochdale school.

He is accused of 17 charges of indecent assault on a girl under 14 between 1977 and 1988.

The allegations involve ten victims. All the alleged victims were pupils at St Vincent’s Primary School, which has been historically linked to the parish.

Canon Stanley, who joined the church as a parish priest in 1972, retired to his native Ireland in 2002.

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Women sold into marriage for £3000 by traffickers

Detectives investigating a suspected human trafficking group thought to be bringing women into Greater Manchester from Eastern Europe believe the traffickers are selling them for £3,000 each.

If the woman is pregnant or willing to have a baby within the sham marriage the price can go up to £15,000 police say. Yesterday officers arrested thirteen people in raids in Rochdale, Oldham and Cheetham Hill as part of Operation Retriever. It came after officers were notified of a pregnant Slovakian woman who had been sold to an Asian family. The woman, who was unable to speak English, was taken to The Royal Oldham Hospital by another woman who asked doctors to carry out an abortion. After being told it would be illegal to do so at 25 weeks pregnant she confessed what had happened.

It transpired that she never wanted an abortion and the marriage was carried out in a local house that was used as a mosque.

As part of this investigation we found that the going rate for a standard female was around £3,000.

The going rate for a pregnant female rose from between £10,000 and £15,000, because it virtually guarantees leave to remain.”

– DI Jim Faulkner
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