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Four men have been charged as part of an ongoing investigation to tackle child sexual exploitation in Rochdale, Greater Manchester Police has said.
The charges relate to offences committed against one victim who was under 16 at the time of the abuse by different men.
Hadi Jamel of Yorkshire Street, Rochdale has been charged with one count of sexual activity with a child.
Abid Khan of Whitney Road, Liverpool has been charged with three counts of sexual activity with a child.
Mohammed Zahid of Croxton Avenue, Rochdale has been charged with one count of sexual activity with a child.
Raja Abid Khan of Palatine Street, Rochdale has been charged with one count of sexual activity with a child.
They are all due to appear at Bury and Rochdale magistrates’ court on Tuesday.
Six people from Rochdale have been released without charge after a group of Brits were stopped near the Syrian border weeks ago, Greater Manchester Police said.
The six people, aged between 21 and 47, were arrested under the Terrorism Act, with five returned to the UK from Turkey and one arrested in Rochdale.
The arrests came after nine people were stopped by Turkish authorities near the Syrian border.
Following the release, police said: "No evidence was uncovered to suggest any imminent threat to the communities of Rochdale or the U.K."
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Greater Manchester Police has admitted the force was focused on tackling robbery and burglary rather than listening to the claims of young, vulnerable victims who were being sexually exploited by older men.
ITV News' Carolyn Sim reports.
The key to preventing child sexual exploitation is stopping young people who are "determined to put themselves at risk", from running away from care homes, the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police said.
Sir Peter Fahy insisted that the police had learned lessons after an investigation highlighted "significant failures" in the handling of widespread abuse in Rochdale.
The chief constable rejected calls from ex-detective Margaret Oliver for a full independent inquiry into the force's actions.
"The issue is that we still haven't solved the key issue behind CSE (child sexual exploitation) which is: how do you protect vulnerable young people who are determined unfortunately to put themselves at risk, that don't understand the degree to which they are making themselves vulnerable," he told BBC Radio 4's Today.
Asked if he saw the problem as being children putting themselves at risk, he went on: "Yes absolutely. Because of their upbringing, because of their difficult situation and because they are in care, every single day we have large numbers running away.
Police have admitted they failed to respond adequately to child sexual exploitation in Rochdale.
IPCC Commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone said:
There was a failure to recognise the seriousness and scale of what was happening in Rochdale.
It is appalling that young girls were being exploited and abused and the police did not handle it properly.
Greater Manchester Police has admitted that the focus in Rochdale was on tackling volume crime such as robbery and burglary.
The force simply did not recognise how to respond to child sexual exploitation on this scale.