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Four men jailed for serious sexual offences with children mainly in Rochdale.

Mohammed Ishaque sentenced to 11 years Credit: GMP

Four men have been jailed for over 37 years for a range of serious sexual offences as part of Operation Doublet - an investigation into child sexual exploitation, mainly in Rochdale.They were convicted after a trial at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court.

Mohammed Ishaque 56 , of Denton Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in prostitution. He was sentenced to eleven years in prison.

Guilty of rape Gul Zaman sentenced to 10 years Credit: GMP

Gul Zaman, 44, of HMP Manchester, was found guilty of rape and inciting a child into prostitution. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Guilty of sexual activity with a child, Irshad Wani sentenced to 9 years. Credit: GMP

Irshad Wani 39, of Whitworth Road, Rochdale was found guilty of seven counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of child grooming. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Shohaib Shabbir admitted rape. He was sentenced to 7 years. Credit: GMP

Shohaib Shabbir, 28, of Copster Hill Road, Oldham, pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

The convictions relate to offences committed against two victims who were aged between 15 and 16 at the time of the abuse. The abuse happened between 2004 and 2008.

The victims have shown enormous courage and without their support in what has been a difficult investigation, we would not be here today.

Operation Doublet was launched following the 2011 investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rochdale and we identified a number of cases, which broadly took place between 2004 and 2008, across Greater Manchester where teenage girls had been sexually exploited by older men.

Working with our partners we have been able to identify vulnerable people and tackle CSE in a way that puts the victim’s wellbeing at the centre of all we do and I’d particularly like to pay tribute to DC Fitzsimons in driving this case forwards on behalf of the victims.”

We made a commitment to bring perpetrators of sexual abuse to justice and today is yet another illustration of that promise being realised.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels, the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Doublet, said: “

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Scheme launched to fight child sex exploitation

Greater Manchester Police are working with other agencies on the campaign Credit: PA

A wide ranging campaign has been launched to fight child exploitation in Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Police, health organisations, the ten local authorities and the voluntary sector are working together to target perpetrators and to educate young people and their carers on the warning signs of child sexual exploitation and how to get help. A new website has been launched – www.itsnotokay.co.uk – which contains information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sex exploitation and what to do about it. It follows a week of action across Greater Manchester to tackle child sex exploitation; a week which consisted of education and empowerment of young people, but also the detection and disruption of CSE-related activity. This saw 19 arrests made in seven days. Officers have been carrying out high visibility patrols across the force area to warn children of the dangers of sexual exploitation. They also identified vulnerable youngsters who were then taken to their home or a place of safety.

Police arrest grooming suspects in crackdown

Police across Greater Manchester have arrested nineteen people as part of a crackdown on child sexual exploitation.

The Manchester Evening News report two men are being held on suspicion of rape after they were found in a house with a missing 15-year-old girl.

The arrests came during a week-long investigation in each of the 10 districts targeting those suspected of grooming young people. Officers visited schools and hot spot areas like takeaways as well as speaking to officials about raising awareness to spot warning signs.

Police are working with councils, hotels, the NHS and drama groups to launch the: ‘It’s Not Okay’ campaign. The aim is to protect children at risk. One officer told Granada 'many children don't know they're victims.'

19 arrests in child sexual exploitation crackdown

Police in Greater Manchester have made 19 arrests as part of a week long crackdown on child sexual exploitation. Teams have been put in place to deal with the issue in each of the ten districts. The campaign includes school visits to warn children about internet grooming and patrols of high risk areas like takeaways. Det Insp Deborah Oakes from Greater Manchester Police says it can be difficult because "many children don't know they are victims."

Parents urged to be aware of the signs of sexual exploitation

Parents in Cumbria are being urged to learn how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

A conference will take place onThursday to raise awareness of CSE among professionals working with children as well as providing key information and advice to members of the public.

Child sexual exploitation can have devastating impacts on the whole family and it is vital that parents and carers are brought into the picture when it comes to protecting children from this abuse.

Most sexually exploited children live at home when the abuse starts, but according to a recent YouGov survey only half of parents say they are confident that they would be able to tell the difference between indicators of CSE and challenging teenage behaviour.

Engaged and informed parents are essential in tackling this abuse. It is parents and carers who will often be the first to notice the signs and who are in a position to intervene early, gather information and work in partnership with safeguarding professionals to support the child.

– Tom Duffin, National Partnerships Director for Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation

Police say increasingly children are on social media sites and applications, often unsupervised and can cause problems like indecent images of children/young people being circulated, to online grooming.

What are the signs you need to know?

  • Repeatedly going missing – particularly overnight
  • Coming home with unaccounted gifts, i.e. clothes, money, food.
  • Excessive and secret use of internet and /or mobile phone
  • Alcohol/Substance misuse/unexplained injuries
  • Losing contact with family and friends of their own age
  • What makes a child more at risk?
  • If they come from a chaotic or household/history of domestic abuse or neglect
  • A lack of friends in the same age group/low self esteem
  • Confused about sexuality
  • Learning disabilities
  • Have suffered a recent bereavement or loss
  • Tips for online safety:
  • Talk to your child regularly about their experiences, both online and offline
  • Know what connects to the internet and how
  • Set boundaries. Treat the online world as you would the ‘real’ world
  • Stay up-to-date. Ask about your child’s new gadgets, apps and websites

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Independent Rochdale report says victims were "let down"

The independent report was commissioned by Rochdale's Chief Executive. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

An independent report into the child sex scandal in Rochdale, has found youth protection workers let down victims.

It follows the conviction of nine men from Rochdale and Oldham for grooming offences.

The council says it has been looking at improving its internal processes and procedures.