Burnley man arrested in major child sex clampdown

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A Burnley man has been charged with a string of child sex offences following a police operation targeting the sexual exploitation of children.

Rezahul Shastab (28) of Dane Street, was charged with child abduction, sexual activity with a child, inciting sexual activity, attempting to incite a child into sexual activity, grooming, providing a false document with intent to obtain leave to remain in the UK and possession of a false document with intent.

He appeared at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on November 12th and his case was sent for trial at Burnley Crown Court on December 4th.

A second Burnley man, Nicholas Waite (22) of Mary Towneley Fold, was arrested and charged with breaching the notification requirements of a sexual offences prevention order.

He appeared at Burnley Magistrates’ Court on November 13th and his case was sent to Burnley Crown Court on December 8th.

The campaign saw thousands of schoolchildren, professionals, teachers, parents, carers, taxi drivers, sports coaches and youth leaders involved in educational work.

Seventeen men from across Lancashire were arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children and bailed pending further inquiries.

More than 140 hotspots were targeted including amusement arcades, restaurants, cinemas, rail and bus stations and visits were carried out to children’s homes.

Det. Supt Sue Cawley, head of Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said: “The operation, along with all the other multi-agency activities that have taken place, clearly demonstrate our ability and intention to tackle child sexual exploitation.

“Tackling child sexual exploitation is extremely important for the constabulary and we are committed to preventing child sexual abuse, supporting victims and bringing those responsible to justice.”

• If you are concerned about a young person call Lancashire Police on 101 or visit www.lancashire.police.uk/cse or www.trusted2know.co.uk/cse