A MAN has been arrested in connection with an investigation into child exploitation in Bury.

A 61-year-old man was arrested this morning on suspicion of inciting child sexual exploitation (CSE) and remains in custody for questioning.

He is one of 14 people who have been arrested as part of a wider operation in the town to clamp down on CSE and provide support for victims.

Detective Inspector Jon Kelly of GMP’s Bury borough, said: "Today we have been able to take positive action as a result of information we’ve received from the community and our partner agencies.

"We have identified around 17 victims of these CSE offences and while this number may increase as the investigation continues, we’ll ensure that every victim receives the support they need at this difficult time.

“We will continue in our work to identify the people who target vulnerable children and ensure that the victims are able to access the right support."

Since June 2017, a multi-agency investigation has been under way to identify offences and suspects to provide specialist support for victims.

The operation, which has been led by the Phoenix CSE team in Bury, has seen increased police patrols in the area.

Officers are also working with members of the community as part of a wider plans.

Anyone with information should call the Bury Phoenix Team on 0161 856 8002 or 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.