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Rochdale whistleblower: No one listened to warnings

The whistleblower in the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case has told ITV News she "told everybody" about the abuse that was going on, but no one listened to her.

"I told as many people as I possibly could," health worker Sara Rowbotham said.

"I followed up those referrals, made phone calls, tried to find out what action was being taken, banged on every possible door that I could think of to get support".

Rochdale whistleblower disappointed with abuse report

The health worker responsible for gathering the main evidence in the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case has told ITV News she is disappointed with the results of a report led by MP Ann Coffey.

Sara Rowbotham, who worked as Rochdale Crisis Intervention Team coordinator from 2004, said no-one has been held to account for all their failings.

Sara Rowbotham worked as Rochdale Crisis Intervention Team coordinator. Credit: ITV News

Rowbotham was tasked with identifying young people vulnerable to child sex exploitation.

The health worker said she had alerted the authorities to hundreds of children who were being abused, but no-one listened to her at the time.

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Dog walker discovers human leg in Lancashire

Police in Lancashire will search land near Rochdale this morning after a human leg was found. Officers were called to Whitworth after a dog walker made the discovery at around 3pm yesterday afternoon on Market street.

Healey Conservative Club Credit: MEN Syndication

The adult leg was on some land behind Healey Conservative Club. It's not yet clear how long the leg has been there or whether it belonged to a man or a woman.

Police search for more body parts after human leg found

A dog walker that found a human leg has sparked a hunt for other body parts.

Lancashire police said the adult leg was discovered on land behind Healey Conservative Club in Whitworth, near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, this afternoon.

Police dogs are being used by officers searching the area. It is not yet clear how long the leg has been there or whether it belonged to a man or a woman.

Police were called at shortly before 2.45pm today to a report that a member of the public had found a human leg on land behind Healey Conservative Club at Whitworth. Police are now searching the area to see if there are any further body parts and inquiries are ongoing to try to establish to whom the leg belongs.

– Lancashire police
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Police warn public not to approach killer

Police are warning people not to approach a convicted killer who is on the run.

Paul Maxwell absconded in Rochdale while on day release from jail.

He was sentenced to life in 1996 for the murder of an 85 year old man.

"It has now been more than 24 hours since Maxwell has absconded and our inquiries to trace him are ongoing. We are pursuing a number of leads and we will continue to explore every possible avenue in finding him.

"Because Maxwell may have limited access to money, he may surface in the areas he is known to have links to so I would urge people to be on their guard and if you see this man, please do not approach him but call police immediately."

– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick

Convicted killer still on the run after day release escape

A convicted killer is still on the run after absconding while on day release from jail. Paul Maxwell, 49, disappeared while visiting Rochdale town centre on Friday with prison staff.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996 for the murder and robbery of 85-year-old Joe Smales in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. This morning police said he has still not been located.

Paul Maxwell, 49, escaped yesterday while on day release in Rochdale town centre. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.
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