Greater Manchester Police have announced that six people have been arrested today as part of an ongoing investigation into child sexual exploitation in Bury.

“Today (Wednesday 13 February 2019), five men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of a number of CSE offences including rape, sexual assault and possession of indecent images. They all remain in custody for questioning”.

A total of 20 people have now been arrested as part of the enquiries. The offences are believed to have taken place in public parks, outdoor locations and various premises across Bury.

Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson, of GMP’s Bury district, said: “This is a complex investigation and today’s action is a result of the extensive work between police, Bury Council Children’s Services and other partners.

“You cannot underestimate how incredibly difficult it is for a young person to speak out about the abuse that they have suffered for a whole host of reasons.

“Around 25 young people have found the confidence to speak with us about what has happened to them. This figure may well increase as the investigation continues.

Supporting each young person alongside our specialist partners including Bury Council Children’s Services will remain our priority.

“This kind of effective multi-agency working is essential in ensuring that vulnerable young people are protected and that perpetrators of CSE are brought to justice.”

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