2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

Twenty two arrests as Lancashire police tackle child sexual exploitation

2BR NEWS

6:00am 18th November 2014

Twenty two people have been arrested by Lancashire Police during a week of activity aimed at tackling the sexual exploitation of children.

Seventeen men from across Lancashire were arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children and have been bailed pending further enquiries.

A 54 year old man from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of grooming offences in relation to a girl under the age of 13 and a girl under the age of 16 and has been bailed.

A 29 year old man from Preston was arrested and charged with rape, sexual assault, possessing indecent images and engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a girl over 13.

A 33 year old man and a 22 year old man were charged with breaching their sexual offences prevention orders and a 28 year old man was charged with a number of sex offences.

The week long multi-agency awareness campaign also saw thousands of school children, professionals, teachers, parents, carers, taxi drivers, sports coaches and youth leaders being involved in educational work and materials were distributed widely.

More than 140 hotspots were targeted across the county including amusement arcades, fast food restaurants, cinemas, rail and bus stations and visits were carried out to children’s homes. 

Nearly 200 delegates attended the second annual CSE conference at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Blackburn learning best practice from guest speakers and the first young person’s conference offered feedback to the main conference on how the professionals can work better in the future.

An awareness training session was given at Ewood Park Football Ground and discussions about internet safety and recognising the signs of exploitation were conducted in schools across the county.

Officers also identified both potential offenders and at risk children conducting more than 50 visits and 12 new CSE referrals were made during the week.

Detective Superintendent Sue Cawley, Head of Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit said: “This week we have executed a number of warrants around the county which has resulted in the arrest of 22 people who we believe have been involved in various offences relating the exploitation and abuse of children.

“The operation, along with all the other multi-agency activities that have taken place this week, clearly demonstrate our ability and intention to tackle child sexual exploitation. 

“I am confident that the awareness week has highlighted the work currently undertaken to tackle the issue and that our approach is a long term one with important work happening each and every day.

“Tackling child sexual exploitation is extremely important for the constabulary and we are committed to preventing child sexual abuse, supporting victims and bringing those responsible to justice.”

Police are encouraging anyone who has been, or knows someone who has been, sexually abused, groomed or exploited to come forward and contact police confident in the knowledge they will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
cctv camera 2

Two women arrested after mass CCTV appeal across Lancashire

They've been charged with thefts in Burnley, Accrington and Chorley

Most read
megan lambert

Lancashire girl calls for fourth emergency service

Megan wants there to be one just for mental health

fire altham

Large fire in Altham

Loud bangs and explosions reported

Newer article
Older article

CCTV released after attempted robbery at Burnley shop

Local News: Detectives have released CCTV images after an attempted shop robbery in Burnley last week

Top articles

VIDEO Amazing response to 'DJs want you PJs'

Local News: Your donations are going to make such a difference for children battling cancer this Christmas

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Trying to start the festive fun at the Turf

Sport: Burnley look to get the Christmas party started with a win over Bournemouth

Patti Smith forgets lines while performing Bob Dylan Nobel tribute

Showbiz: Patti Smith has given a stumbling performance of Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall at a gala ceremony for Nobel laureates.

Ipswich: Teenager charged with murder of two men

National News: A 17-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a man and a teenager in Ipswich, Suffolk Police has said.

Two blasts outside Istanbul stadium 'kill at least 13'

World News: At least 13 people have been killed in two explosions outside a football stadium in Istanbul, it has been claimed.

Southern loses court bid to halt series of strikes by train drivers

Business News: The owners of Southern Railway have lost a High Court bid to stop a series of strikes by train drivers.

Putin shows no puppy love for Japan's attempt at dog diplomacy

Strange News: Russia appears to have snubbed a Japanese attempt at dog diplomacy by declining the gift of a puppy for President Vladimir Putin at a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Petition for Chorley A&E is handed into Downing Street

Local News: We'll now have to wait to see if it makes a difference

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

Most read

Lancashire girl calls for fourth emergency service

Local News: Megan wants there to be one just for mental health

Large fire in Altham

Local News: Loud bangs and explosions reported

2BR Web logo  supported by  Burnley College logo

   Your Profile

@2BR

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.