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Seven arrested in child sex exploitation probe

Seven people have been arrested in Greater Manchester as part of a probe into child sexual exploitation.

Six men and a teenage boy are being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to commit sexual acts with a child.

The arrests took place following raids in the Rochdale and Oldham areas.

Police said the suspects, aged between 16 and 47, were of mixed ethnicity.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Aston said: "The team were initially looking at reasons why two girls, aged 15 and 13, and a 13-year-old boy were going missing from home.

"Officers spoke to one of the girls who suggested they were being groomed between 16 September and 17 October 2014.

"A swift investigation was launched and agencies worked together which has resulted in these arrests across the Rochdale and Oldham areas plus the safeguarding of three vulnerable children."

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Manchester Fire Service say there is no sign of a fire in Salford following widespread social media reports that there had been a loud explosion in the area.

Rory Nolan tweeted that he had heard a "large bang", while Cleo Kinsey-Lyons said the "massive bang" sounded like it "echoed all around Salford and Manchester".

Manchester MP 'disgusted' by attack on poppy seller

Labour MP for Manchester Central, Lucy Powell, has said she is "appalled and disgusted" to hear of an attack on a young cadet selling poppies:

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'Jolly' shop owner shot dead leaves behind young family

A shop owner shot dead by armed robbers as he locked up his Manchester store has been named as Pragaret Singh, a 35-year-old husband and father to three young children.

Mr Singh, known to family and friends as Charlie, died in hospital after being shot in the chest and abdomen as he left Manchester Food Traders in Openshaw on Friday.

Tributes have been paid on Facebook by friends and family of Pragaret 'Charlie' Singh. Credit: Facebook

Mr Singh's brother Tiggy told the Manchester Evening News his brother was a hard-working family man with a wife, Sukhwinder, and children aged two, five and seven.

He told the paper: "He was robbed of his life. He was happy, jolly and full of life - he never said anything bad about anyone. He was the kind of person who'd go out of his way to help anyone in need."

Army cadet suffers burns in attack after selling poppies

A 15-year-old Army Cadet suffered burns to his face after he was attacked just minutes after selling poppies for Remembrance Day.

The incident happened at 6pm yesterday as the boy was waiting at a bus stop in Manchester.

George Street, Manchester. Credit: Google Maps

The teenager was wearing his camouflaged uniform having spent the day in the city centre selling poppies and collecting money.

He was approached by a man who is believed to have produced an aerosol can and a lighter which he used to spray lit fumes in the direction of the teenager.

The Cadet suffered minor reddening to his face and singed hairs on his face and right forearm.

The attacker is described as being black or Asian, 5ft 8in tall and wearing a dark hooded top.

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Police appeal to parents to find Scream-masked youths

Police have appealed to parents who may have seen their children going out in Scream-type masks on Halloween after the assault of a young woman in Manchester.

This young woman has suffered a traumatic ordeal at the hands of four individuals who were dressed in Halloween-type masks ...

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault will know just how frightening it must have been for this victim, and given the offenders were wearing masks designed to be scary means it must have been a truly harrowing and scary few minutes for this woman.

The purpose of this appeal is not to unduly alarm the community but it is important we let people know what has happened so they can both be vigilant and help us track down these cowardly offenders.

If you know of anyone who might be involved, then please call us.

If you are a parent and you know your child went out with friends dressed in these type of masks and you have suspicions then, please, do the right thing and call us.

– SUPERINTENDENT NEIL EVANS, GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the assault to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal to parents to find Scream-masked youths

Police have appealed to parents who may have seen their children going out in Scream-type masks on Halloween after the assault of a young woman in Manchester:

This young woman has suffered a traumatic ordeal at the hands of four individuals who were dressed in Halloween-type masks ...

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault will know just how frightening it must have been for this victim, and given the offenders were wearing masks designed to be scary means it must have been a truly harrowing and scary few minutes for this woman.

The purpose of this appeal is not to unduly alarm the community but it is important we let people know what has happened so they can both be vigilant and help us track down these cowardly offenders.

If you know of anyone who might be involved, then please call us.

If you are a parent and you know your child went out with friends dressed in these type of masks and you have suspicions then, please, do the right thing and call us.

– Superintendent Neil Evans, greater manchester police

Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the assault to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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