Two arrested over child sexual exploitation

Police have arrested two men today (Wednesday, November 20th) as part of an investigation into alleged child sexual exploitation in Blackpool.

A 34 year old man and a 16 year old boy were arrested at an address in Blackpool at around 10am this morning.

The 34 year old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child and the 16 year old on suspicion of inciting sexual activity with a child – Both will be interviewed during the course of the day.

Police also searched four addresses on Salcombe Avenue, Springfield Avenue, Bank Street and Lord Street in Blackpool and another in Fairhaven Street, Gorton, Greater Manchester as part of the investigation into the alleged sexual exploitation of a teenage boy.

Detective Inspector Gareth Willis, of Blackpool Police, said: “We are at the early stages of our investigation and we are working very closely with the victim and have specially trained officers in place to support him.

“We are also investigating the possibility that there could potentially be other victims who have not yet felt able to report anything to the police. I want to use this opportunity to encourage anyone who feels they have been a victim of sexual exploitation, to come forward and report it and be reassured that they will be dealt with sensitively and professionally and that they will receive all the support they need from us as well as our partners.

“These arrests have come as a result of information from the community and I would urge anyone with further information to come forward and contact us.

“Tackling child sexual exploitation is one of the Constabulary’s top priorities and we, along with our partners, will continue to target offenders and help those children who have become, or are at risk of becoming, victims.”