Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Men quizzed in abuse investigation

Greater Manchester Police are questioning ninel men over a second suspected child grooming gang in Rochdale

Nine men have been questioned by detectives investigating a suspected second child grooming case in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, police said.

The alleged victim is understood to be one of 47 girls questioned by police in relation to an earlier child sexual exploitation ring in the town.

Greater Manchester Police the men arrested in the latest inquiry are not thought to have known each other.

They have described the victim as "vulnerable".

The most recent arrests took place last Friday when two men, aged 24 and 26, were held on suspicion of sexual activity with a child.

A GMP spokesman said the arrests were the result of an inquiry into the sexual exploitation of a teenage girl by men since 2005.

"In total nine men have been arrested aged between 24 and 38-years-old, on suspicion of sexual activity with a child," he added. "They have been bailed pending further inquiries."

Last week nine Asian men received jail sentences of between four and 19 years from a judge who said they treated their five white victims "as though they were worthless and beyond any respect".

The trial, at Liverpool Crown Court, heard that five girls - aged between 13 and 15 - were given alcohol, food and money in return for sex but there were times when violence was used. The offences happened in and around Rochdale in 2008 and 2009.

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk said to: "There have been some who've said this is a one off case but I have consistently said I believe it to be a wider problem and that's why I am pleased to see the police acting. My message for anyone thinking of getting involved in this kind of activity is that you do so at your peril because the full force of the law will come down very hard on you."

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