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Thursday, 16 August 2018

New arrests in child sexual exploitation probe amid reports of grooming in Bury

Written by Kim Pilling

Twenty-one people have now been arrested in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Bury, police said.

On Wednesday, further arrests were made as part of the multi-agency probe launched in June 2017 following reports youngsters were being groomed in two local parks.

Two men, aged 21 and 24, are being questioned on suspicion of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Increased patrols continue to operate around both Clarence and Openshaw Park while officers work with the local community as part of a "disruption plan", said Greater Manchester Police.

Detective Sergeant Cheryl Morrell said: "Thanks to the extensive work of all the people involved in this complex investigation, today we have been able to take positive action against CSE in Bury.

"As a partnership we continue to work closely with the victims of these offences, ensuring they have all the support they need.

"Our investigation into those who target vulnerable children will not stop here as we work tirelessly to identify who those offenders are.

"If you have any concerns or information about CSE in Bury, please talk to our investigation team on 0161 856 8002."

Reports can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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