A man has been charged following the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Oldham.

Shakeel Afzal, aged 32 of Foster Street, Oldham was charged with rape.

He appeared at Oldham Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody.

Greater Manchester Police works in partnership with Oldham Council and Oldham Primary Care Trust to combat the issue of child exploitation in the borough.

A team, known as Messenger, has been set up to work in partnership with children’s charity Barnardo’s to identify children who are potentially at risk from abuse and formulate a strategy aimed at helping these individuals.

Anyone with any concerns about children being exploited in their area should contact their local police station on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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