Police investigating historic sexual offences question 80 year-old man
Wednesday 26th July 2017 @ 10:51 by Nigel P.
Ashton Greater Manchester News

Police investigating  non-recent sexual offences in Ashton-under-Lyne and Salford are questioning an 80 year-old man under caution.

Operation Kersey was launched following reports of sexual abuse and rape, which allegedly occurred in the 1970s at  two branches  of Fosters Menswear stores in Salford and Ashton Under Lyne.

The stores have both long since closed down after the once popular menswear chain was put into liquidation in 1998.

Police are currently in the process of speaking to victims in person and providing them with specialist support and the investigation is ongoing.

Detective Constable Gary McCarthy of GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “Our team is working hard to uncover the full extent of this historical sex abuse.

“We understand that reporting traumatic events can be extremely difficult, but I want to reassure anyone who is thinking about coming forward that we will be there to support them.

“I would also like to praise the bravery of those who have already come forward.

“Greater Manchester Police takes allegations of abuse very seriously and continues to do so. We are appealing for anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse to get in contact and call police on 101 as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 1486, 101, or anonymously through the independent charity Crimstoppers on 0800 555 111.