Eight arrests in child sex raids in Rochdale and Oldham

Det Ch Insp Andy Aston
Image caption Three vulnerable children have been taken into safety following the arrests, said Det Ch Insp Andy Aston

Eight people have been arrested as part of an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester.

Seven men and a boy, aged from 16 to 47 and of mixed ethnicity, were held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit sexual acts with a child after raids in Rochdale and Oldham.

Det Ch Insp Andy Aston said the raids followed allegations of grooming by two girls, aged 13 and 15, and a boy of 15.

The alleged abuse took place between 16 September and 17 October, he said.

He added that the raids followed a "swift investigation... which resulted in these arrests plus the safeguarding of three vulnerable children".

Paul Marshall, assistant director of children's services at Rochdale council, said: "I think people across the country should be concerned about the exploitation of children and I think that's why here in Rochdale we've done an awful lot of work in raising awareness and promoting that across children and young people."

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