Congratulations to Jennie, Shauna, Karina and Dianna – and all the police cadets I met during a recent visit to Stockport Academy, Cheadle Heath. This team of students, the first ever group of Stockport police cadets, have been really committed to their training and learnt a great deal about police work. They are fantastic youth ambassadors for the area, and I am delighted their hard work and commitment has now been recognised in the Greater Manchester Chief Constable’s Excellence Awards.
Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd is to hold a wide-ranging inquiry into the issue of child sexual exploitation.
The inquiry will be chaired by Ann Coffey, Stockport MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults.
It follows the shocking child grooming case in Rochdale which saw nine men imprisoned for a total of 77 years last year for the abuse of dozens of girls in the town.
The Coffey Inquiry will speak to agencies, experts, victims and their families, as well as drawing together the range of reports published both on the case itself, and the broader issue of child sexual exploitation. Where possible evidence will be held in public.
Ann Coffey MP today urged young people, victims, their families and the whole community to give her their views about what more can be done to prevent child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester.
Ms Coffey has been asked by Tony Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, to conduct an inquiry into responses to child sexual exploitation following the shocking Rochdale sexual grooming case.
Tony Lloyd also urged people to give Ms Coffey their views.