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Probe into claims of police mishandling of sex crimes

By Melanie Newman

Ten investigations have been launched into alleged mishandling of sexual assault and rape cases by one of Britain's biggest police forces, it can be revealed.

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy is at the centre of an inquiry into a botched surveillance operation in which a vulnerable teenager was allegedly allowed to enter the residence of a known criminal who was suspected of a sex offence.

Sir Peter was facing calls to resign in the wake of the Independent Police Complaints Commission's (IPCC) announcement yesterday that he had been served with criminal and gross misconduct notices following a series of claims by a whistleblower.

It is understood that the IPCC inquiry will centre on claims that officers were so intent on gathering evidence against the criminal that they apparently overruled calls for surveillance to be cancelled to protect the child.

Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said Sir Peter would not be suspended.

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