A TAKEAWAY has been temporarily shut down amid a police investigation into alleged child sexual exploitation.
Magistrates imposed a three-month closure order on Tariq’s Pizza Plus in Milnrow, Rochdale, following concerns about an employee at the premises.
The man, who no longer works there, has been banned from contacting named individuals who are at risk of sexual exploitation.
He has received several “abduction notices” as an interim measure while police continue to gather evidence in their investigation.
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.”
Jeanette Staley, community safety manager at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Yesterday, an application was made at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates’ Court to allow us to close Tariq’s Pizza Plus of Dale Street, Milnrow.
“We are 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.”
In May, nine Asian men who groomed white girls as young as 13 in Rochdale with drink and drugs were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court.