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Arrests at Rochdale far-right sex gang demonstration

Three people were arrested in Rochdale when far-right activists demonstrating over a child sex grooming case tried to enter the town hall.

Greater Manchester Police said the men tried to enter the council building but were stopped by officers on Wednesday.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace and one man was held on suspicion of racially aggravated public order.

Last week, nine men were jailed for child sex offences and grooming.

The eight men of Pakistani origin and one Afghan national were jailed for between four and 19 years.

The men from Rochdale and Oldham exploited girls as young as 13.

They were found guilty of offences including rape and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.

At the same time as the demonstration outside Rochdale Town Hall, police said a small group of British National Party members handed out leaflets in Heywood.

A police spokesman said: "This was peaceful and passed off without incident."

On Thursday, Greater Manchester Police clarified earlier reports that had said the arrests happened at the BNP protest.

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