Five arrested as detectives investigate non-recent child sexual exploitation in South Manchester
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As a result of an ongoing investigation detectives from GMP's City of Manchester CID have executed five warrants this week across South Manchester, Stockport and Trafford.
Following the warrants four men aged between 49 and 64 were arrested. A 60-year-old woman was also arrested.
They have been arrested on suspicion of a range of non-recent child sexual exploitation offences.
All five have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
The arrests relate to offences committed in the South Manchester area in the late 1980s and early 1990s against two female teenage victims.
Detective Inspector John Robb of GMP's City of Manchester CID said: "This has been a complex and lengthy investigation and I commend the courage and strength that the victims have shown as the investigation has progressed. Their bravery and support has been instrumental in allowing us to conduct these warrants and ultimately secure these arrests.
"GMP takes reports of child sexual exploitation incredibly seriously and the action taken this week is a significant step in ensuring we tackle the issue of CSE across South Manchester and bring those responsible to justice.
"Although we have made these arrests our investigation will remain very much ongoing and I would encourage anyone who may have information or concerns to get in touch with police as a matter of urgency. All information passed to us will be treated with the utmost respect and confidence."
Anyone with information relating to child sexual exploitation should contact police via our LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk.
Details can also be passed via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Greater Manchester Victims' Services provide emotional and practical support to anyone affected by crime and are a confidential service. The service can be contacted by visiting the website on www.gmvictims.org.uk or calling 0161 200 1950.
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.
If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
- Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to men, women and children who live or have been sexually assaulted within Greater Manchester. They offer forensic medical examinations, practical and emotional support as well as a counselling service for all ages. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and can be accessed by calling 0161 276 6515.
- Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call on 0161 273 4500 or email [email protected]
- Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to boys and men in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.