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The latest in a series of damning reports concludes that early intervention would have saved the teenage girls from repeated attacks

Rochdale sex abuse: Police apologise for failures as five men are sentenced for exploitation of 15-year-old girl

One offender was first interviewed in 2008 over rape claims but was released without charge

Iain Duncan Smith: The Work and Pensions Secretary has labelled it 'outrageous' that Norman Brennan had been in Spain for five years

Benefits fraudster who fled to Costa del Sol jailed for three years

A benefits fraudster who fled to the Costa del Sol ahead of sentencing in 2008 has been jailed for three years.

Groom makes hoax-bomb call at his own wedding

Groom rang wedding venue and said a bomb would go off after realising he had forgotten to book it

The actor Andrew Lancel, from Gateacre in Liverpool, is best known for his appearance as Frank Foster in the ITV soap Coronation Street

Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel cleared of indecent assault on 15-year-old boy

A former Coronation Street actor was cleared today of four counts of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed in Salford on their way to Manchester Crown Court

Huge manhunt launched after two inmates sprung as prison van ambushed

Police launched a massive manhunt today for two men who went on the run after being sprung from a prison van.

Connar Doran, left, Simon Evans, centre, Brandon Doran, right

'I booted him and now he's dead': Boys sentenced for beating homeless man to death in a dare

Mother of two boys jailed after being convicted of perverting the course of justice by providing false alibis

Andrew Lancel, 42, was charged last November under his real name Andrew Watkinson

Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel denies sexually assaulting boy

A former Coronation Street actor has denied sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

Three boys guilty of homeless man's murder

Three teenagers who beat a homeless man to death following a dare have been convicted of murder.

Railway guard Christopher McGee jailed for manslaughter after 'seconds of negligence' caused death of drunk teenage girl who fell underneath train

A rail guard who signalled for a train to move off while a teenage girl was leaning against a carriage, causing her to fall to her death, has been jailed for five years.

Dale Cregan was arrested over the deaths of two police officers in Greater Manchester

Manchester shootings: Dale Cregan denies murdering PCs

Dale Cregan has denied murdering two policewomen in a gun and grenade attack.

Four hundred police officers now working on child sex grooming cases in Greater Manchester - including three new major alleged incidents

Four hundred police officers are now working on child sex grooming cases in Greater Manchester, it has emerged.

Sex gang leader Shabir Ahmed jailed for 22 years

The ringleader of a gang of Asian men who groomed young white girls for sex has been jailed for 22 years for a "campaign of rape" against a young Asian girl.

Wirral priest jailed for child sex abuse

A priest has been jailed for five years after committing a string of sexual offences against a young boy.

Nine men arrested over sex grooming in Rochdale

Nine men have been arrested and questioned by detectives investigating a second case of suspected child grooming in Rochdale, police said yesterday. The men, aged 24 to 38, who are suspected of sexual activity with a child, were released on bail yesterday.

Eight of the nine men sentenced today for their roles in the grooming ring

Nine Asian men convicted of sexually exploiting teenage girls jailed for total of 77 years

Nine Asian men convicted of sexually exploiting teenage girls were jailed for a total of 77 years today as a judge told them they had treated their victims as “worthless and beyond respect”.

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