Detectives have made six more arrests after 25 potential victims, all young children have now come forward and spoken to investigating officers with Greater Manchester Police, under Operation Burgos which was initially launched in June 2017. The figure is expected to rise.
A total of 20 people have now been arrested and the said offences, which include suspicion of rape of a female under the age of 18, suspicion of arranging or facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child, sexual assault, kidnap and possession of indecent images are all believed to have taken place in public parks, other outdoor locations and at a number of premises in and around Bury. Clarence Park and The Openshaw Park have previously been identified.
The Police haven’t yet commented on whether its operation focuses on one gang or a number of individuals. Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson said:
“This is a complex investigation and today’s action is as a result of the extensive work between police, Bury council children’s services and other partners. Our main focus is to protect and support the young people affected by these types of offences and to prevent further abuse from taking place. Detectives have worked tirelessly to recover evidence and will continue to do so.”
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