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War of words as Priti Patel accused of 'making excuses' with Rochdale grooming gang still in UK

Get the inside track on the big stories from Manchester courts with our weekly newsletter The Home Secretary has been accused of 'making excuses’ after claims that calls to ban members of the Rochdale grooming gang who are fighting deportation from the town went unheeded.

There has been widespread anger this week after one of the nine men convicted in 2012 of a catalogue of sex offences against vulnerable girls - Abdul Rauf - was pictured shopping in Rochdale this week.

Rauf, 52, was jailed for six years for trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child. He was released in November 2014 after serving two years and six months of his sentence.

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