Five men arrested
in Oldham in historic
child sexual exploitation

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MANCHESTER: On Tuesday 1 February 2022) morning, police executed warrants at six properties in the Chadderton area.
A 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and trafficking a person within the UK for sexual exploitation. A second 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

A 26-year-old was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and trafficking a person within the UK for sexual exploitation.
A 27-year-old was arrested on suspicion of rape and trafficking a person within the UK for sexual exploitation. A 28-year-old was arrested on suspicion of rape and trafficking a person within the UK for sexual exploitation. They all remain in custody for questioning.

The warrants were executed as part of Operation Gabel – an investigation into the child sexual exploitation of two teenage girls in 2012/2013.

Inspector Nick Helme, of GMP’s Oldham district, said: “This morning’s action at several properties in the Chadderton area was a result of just one of a number of ongoing investigations into historic child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester.
“I can assure members of the public and warn offenders that investigating this type of crime is a top priority for the force. Regardless of time passed, dedicated teams in a specialist unit leave no stone unturned whilst gathering evidence to make arrests with the intention of bringing suspects to face justice.

Manchester police arresting a suspect. (Picture courtesy Manchester Evening News)

“I hope these warrants build public trust and confidence that Greater Manchester Police is committed to fighting, preventing and reducing CSE to keep people safe and care for victims – giving them the faith they need in the force to come forward.