Leaders vow to fight child sex exploitation

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THE leader of Bolton Council has pledged to work with the new police commissioner to tackle child sex exploitation.

Cllr Cliff Morris is one of 10 Greater Manchester council leaders on the new police and crime panel which is tasked with holding new commissioner Tony Lloyd to account.

The panel also includes two independent members, and, after it’s first meeting, Labour’s ex-Manchester Central MP Mr Lloyd urged the council leaders to work with him to tackle organised crime and child sex exploitation.

Mr Lloyd said: “Child sex exploitation is an issue that challenges us all, which is why I invite all 10 councils to sit down with me so we can share best practice in tackling this issue.”

The policing budget, the pressures caused by 20 per cent funding cuts, and preparations for Mr Lloyd’s first police and crime plan — which is due to be published by the end of March — were also discussed at the meeting.

Cllr Morris told The Bolton News he would be happy to work with Mr Lloyd to tackle child sex exploitation.

He said: “He’s coming to see me and the chief executive and hopefully he can speak to our head of lookedafter children.”

He added: “The meeting went very well.

“It was more a case of setting up the next meeting and getting to know people, as well as the two new lay people on the panel. Tony’s going to come around and meet all the leaders of every council and we’ll be seeing how we can work together.”

Mr Lloyd is Greater Manchester’s first police and crime commissioner and replaced the police authority after winning an election with just a 13.9 per cent turnout last month.

He is one of 41 commissioners across the country and has the power to hire and fire the chief constable, set policing priorities and budgets, and is required to hold the force to account.

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8:40am Tue 11 Dec 12

oftbewildered2 says...

well he would not be popular if he didn't agree to work with Mr Lloyd on this one. Would be interested to see what steps are implemented in Bolton to achieve this goal
well he would not be popular if he didn't agree to work with Mr Lloyd on this one. Would be interested to see what steps are implemented in Bolton to achieve this goal oftbewildered2
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8:47am Tue 11 Dec 12

Bendix says...

Why does the new commissioner not set up an investigation into corruption in local government? Plenty for him to have a go at in this area.
Why does the new commissioner not set up an investigation into corruption in local government? Plenty for him to have a go at in this area. Bendix
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10:19am Tue 11 Dec 12

Rememberscarborough says...

How about Morris working with the care professionals who have no powers to prevents kids from just walking out of care facilities? The police have no interest in rounding up stray kids and that's what these predators rely on. However, I seriously doubt Morris plans to do anything productive and is just trying to improve his street cred.
How about Morris working with the care professionals who have no powers to prevents kids from just walking out of care facilities? The police have no interest in rounding up stray kids and that's what these predators rely on. However, I seriously doubt Morris plans to do anything productive and is just trying to improve his street cred. Rememberscarborough
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11:13am Tue 11 Dec 12

Love Bolton says...

So important to get this right. Good luck to all involved.
So important to get this right. Good luck to all involved. Love Bolton
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5:49pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Reality50 says...

Certainly the first step surely is to get the local mosque leaders involved too as most of the recent grooming gang cases in the news recently have involved Muslim men.
Certainly the first step surely is to get the local mosque leaders involved too as most of the recent grooming gang cases in the news recently have involved Muslim men. Reality50
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11:14pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Bendix says...

To save a lot of time just round 'em all up. The way they degrade their women is criminal.
To save a lot of time just round 'em all up. The way they degrade their women is criminal. Bendix
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12:53pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Hough64 says...

Bendix wrote:
To save a lot of time just round 'em all up. The way they degrade their women is criminal.
Whos them then?
[quote][p][bold]Bendix[/bold] wrote: To save a lot of time just round 'em all up. The way they degrade their women is criminal.[/p][/quote]Whos them then? Hough64
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12:55pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Hough64 says...

Reality50 wrote:
Certainly the first step surely is to get the local mosque leaders involved too as most of the recent grooming gang cases in the news recently have involved Muslim men.
What a ridiculous comment to make..just because a minority did this despicable act you judge all muslims the same? Shame on you. Its a proven fact that in the UK the majority of offenders are white British males.
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: Certainly the first step surely is to get the local mosque leaders involved too as most of the recent grooming gang cases in the news recently have involved Muslim men.[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous comment to make..just because a minority did this despicable act you judge all muslims the same? Shame on you. Its a proven fact that in the UK the majority of offenders are white British males. Hough64
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1:51pm Fri 14 Dec 12

boltonnut says...

Touchy subject,(no pun intended),when you see the name Morris involved it's very touch and go, usually no go.
Touchy subject,(no pun intended),when you see the name Morris involved it's very touch and go, usually no go. boltonnut
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7:35pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Sirrius7 says...

Judging from the comments about Councillor Morris he would seem to be a most unpopular and untrustworthy person. Why then is he still in office?
Judging from the comments about Councillor Morris he would seem to be a most unpopular and untrustworthy person. Why then is he still in office? Sirrius7
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