A takeaway in Rochdale has been closed down as part of a new probe into the alleged sexual exploitation of children.
Tariq’s Pizza Plus, in Milnrow, was served a three-month closure order by a magistrates court after an application from police and licensing officers.
A Muslim man who used to work at the takeaway has also been banned from associating with a number of named people who are said to be ‘at risk of sexual exploitation’.
The investigation began after Rochdale council received a number of warnings from members of the public.
The allegations were submitted to police and yesterday Bury and Rochdale magistrates granted the closure order.
Supt Chris Hankinson said: "In recent weeks, we have been informed about a pattern of anti-social behaviour relating to an individual who worked at these premises.
An investigation is ongoing, but we felt it was important to take proactive measures to safeguard any children who may come into contact with this individual.
"As a result, we issued him with a number of abduction notices which prohibit a person from associating with named individuals when they are at risk of sexual exploitation. This individual no longer works at, or associates with, the premises.
"Working in partnership with Rochdale council, we have now secured a temporary closure of the premises to ensure that any risk to vulnerable youngsters is kept to a minimum while the criminal investigation continues."
Rochdale council’s community safety manager, Jeanette Staley said: "An application was made at Bury and Rochdale magistrates’ court to allow us to close Tariq’s Pizza Plus, in Dale Street, Milnrow.
"We were acting on community intelligence and police concerns. The council have reasonable grounds to believe that in recent months, crime and disorder related to the premises has occurred.
"The court granted the application and the premises will now close with immediate effect for three months."
This is happening all over the country now and it will continue to happen as at long last the police and powers that be are finally acting on an issue that the British National Party brought to light over a decade ago.
However, we must keep our protest going for a Public Enquiry into the disgusting way the Establishment have covered their backs and swept this appalling practice under the carpet, while knowing full well what was going on, we must not rest.