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Exclusive: Teenage victim's account of sexual abuse ignored by police

Police in Manchester failed to investigate claims of sexual abuse despite receiving a written account from the teenage victim, ITV News can reveal.

Victoria Agoglia Byrne, 15, died from a suspected drugs overdose in 2003 but police have never pursued allegations from her and her family that she was sexually exploited by a gang of older men.

It follows revelations by ITV News that Greater Manchester Police failed to act on an internal report detailing claims of abuse against numerous girls in 2004.

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Timeline of alleged sexual abuse of Rochdale teenager

Police are to re-open an investigation into the 2003 death of Rochdale teenager Victoria Agoglia Byrne after an ITV News investigation revealed overlooked evidence of sexual abuse. Here is a timeline of her case:

  • 1997 - Victoria moves into a care home for young people following her mother's death
  • 2001 - She is believed to have written an account of her sexual exploitation and use of drugs in this year, aged 13
  • 2003 - Victoria found dead in a Manchester flat after a drugs overdose
  • 2004 - Greater Manchester Police receive an internal report detailing claims of sexual abuse against numerous young victims including Victoria
  • 2012 - Nine men jailed for running a child sex ring in Rochdale
  • 2014 - Greater Manchester Police agree to re-open investigation into following an ITV News investigation

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