Paedophile kept runaway schoolgirl prisoner in his Mottram home
Monday 30th January 2017 @ 07:02 by Adam Higgins
Hyde News

A serial sex offender and paedophile dubbed Britain’s ‘Josef Fritz’ is believed to have abused a vulnerable schoolgirl and kept her hidden in his home – in Hyde.

Michael Dunn’s Tameside links emerged following shocking revelations at his court case in Teesside.

Now, Greater Manchester Police have set up a dedicated team to investigate if the twisted offender, now 57, could have been snared sooner after it emerged he had raped and abused four women – one just 14 years old – over a number of decades.

Dunn’s sickening crimes made national headlines after it was revealed he had abused a vulnerable runaway schoolgirl that he hid in a filthy ‘hidey hole’ behind his fridge at his home.

Now it has been revealed that he once lived in Mottram, Hyde, before moving to Redcar.

MPs have demanded action to discover if Dunn could have been stopped decades ago after the court case revealed there had been a string of missed opportunities to stop him.

GMP’s Assistant Chief Constable, Catherine Hankinson, said: “Reports made during the trial of Michael Dunn are very concerning and we are doing everything we can to get to the bottom of this.

“We have already begun reviewing our records, however this will take time but there is now a dedicated team looking into it as a priority.

“The contact would have happened over 20 years ago and a lot of our records are paper files which will need to be physically searched through.

“The case was investigated by Cleveland Police and we are working with colleagues there, as well as Tameside Council, to urgently understand what information is held about any previous contact with Michael Dunn and victims.

“Once we have all the information we will decide what further action needs to be taken. In the meantime, we are voluntarily referring ourselves to the IPCC.

“I think it is important to stress that in recent years GMP has been dedicated to improving the way we deal with victim support and investigations into sexual offences.

“As a result Greater Manchester has become a nationally recognised model of good practice and we hope those affected by sexual offences will continue to feel comfortable coming forward to us.

“My thoughts are with the victims and I would like to commend them for their bravery and we will do all we can to get them the answers they deserve.”

Dunn was found guilty of raping and molesting four women over a number of decades, imprisoning two of them as sex slaves.

During the hearing there were also shocking revelations that police and social services had missed a ‘string of opportunities’ to stop him.

It’s understood Dunn lived in Hyde, where he built the ‘hidey hole’ to conceal the 14-year-old girl when police came to look for her.

Evading capture meant Dunn, who later moved to Redcar where the abuse of a woman and girl continued, was able to continue his horrific crimes for two more decades.

He now faces a life sentence after he was finally caught after the girl, then aged over 18, spoke out in 2014.

He was tried at Teesside Crown Court and was found guilty of 16 charges on Wednesday last week.

 

– If you want to speak to someone to report a sexual offence you can contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want to make a police report.

– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police or as a self-referral.

– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267.