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75-year-old jailed for sexually abusing 13-year-old girl

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Seventy five-year-old grandfather Maurice McCullough from Manchester has been jailed for ten years for sexually abusing a thirteen-year-old girl from Merseyside he'd groomed after speaking to her on an internet chatroom.

The judge at Liverpool crown court said it was one of the worst cases he'd had to deal with in twenty five years. Our correspondent Ralph Blunsom has this report:

Karen Danczuk reveals the suffering behind the selfies

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Karen Danczuk has said her social network selfies are a defiant response to sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

The 31-year-old wife of Labour MP Simon Danczuk told The Sun newspaper she had been abused from the age of six, but regained her confidence after seeking counselling on the advice of her husband.

Herself a Labour councillor in Rochdale, she has attracted headlines for her regular posting of selfies on Twitter and recently also claimed the party's deputy leader Harriet Harman told her she was "too pretty" for politics.

For years afterwards I felt worthless, guilty, as though I had somehow brought this on myself. But I was just a little girl. I was on anti-depressants for years and wanted to kill myself.

But my husband Simon encouraged me to have therapy and now - after intensive counselling - I have been able to get some confidence back.

– Karen Danczuk, Labour councillor in Rochdale

She says she is now free to 'have fun without feeling ashamed' and that is the reason she posts so many pictures on twitter. But she said she had not reported the abuse to police because she did not "want to take a step back".


Man charged after child sexual abuse at a primary school

A man has been charged as part of an investigation into child sexual abuse at a primary school in Oldham.

The investigation relates to the sexual assault of two boys during their time at St Martin’s primary school in Fitton Hill.

The boys were aged between seven and nine at the time of the alleged offences which took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Anthony Kerr who's 71 from Netherlees in Oldham has been charged with 10 counts of sexual assault. He's due to appear at Oldham Magistrates Court tomorrow.


Nine Rochdale men face child sexual exploitation charges

Nine men have been charged with child sexual exploitation offences in Rochdale.

The charges relate to offences committed separately against one teenage girl in the Rochdale area by different men, between 2008 and 2009.

The men, aged between 26 and 39, were arrested in May as a result of an inquiry.

Greater Manchester Police say the men have all been remanded on bail.

Lynne Jones, chairman of Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board, said: "The board has been working very hard to ensure vulnerable children and young people are protected from all forms of abuse."

Together with Rochdale Borough Council, Greater Manchester Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the NHS and our other members we have clear strategies in place to combat child sexual exploitation, which sadly is happening in most towns and cities.

"We are committed to dealing with the issue, ensuring children are protected and those committing this type of crime are brought to justice."

– Lynne Jones, chairman of Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board