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Sara Rowbotham has been hailed a hero after the tireless work she did investigating and exposing the Rochdale sex crimes ring was brought to public attention thanks to the docu-drama Three Girls.

Last night, fans of the UK version of First Dates were shocked and delighted when Sara entered the restaurant looking for love. 

The sexual health worker made an emotional reveal, sharing that her work on the case ultimately affected her love life.

From 2003 to 2014, she worked as Rochdale’s crisis intervention team coordinator, and documented instances of abuse she uncovered. 

'I feel like I’m coming out of a difficult dark time. I was a big fireball at the time, I became really angry all the time,' she told the audience.

'I’m ready to start to live my life again and be able to have nice times and not be so stressed or anxious or angry.'

Unfortunately, love did not blossom for Sara on the night, but she received a wave of support and praise on social media, where she was hailed a hero. 

'How mad that the Sara on #FirstDates is the same lady who was the social worker in Rochdale for those girls … #ThreeGirls she's a hero!!' said one.

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A new drama series, Three Girls, began on BBC One last night, and those watching the drama series were quick to take to Twitter to express their polarising views on the new show.

The show is based on the Rochdale sexual exploitation ring, and the docu-drama was made with the full support of the victims and their families

The events occurred between 2008 and 2012, when 47 young girls were preyed upon by a group of older men.

The docu-drama follows the stories of three of these girls, who were groomed and sexually assaulted.

Three Girls demonstrates how the teenagers were given drugs and alcohol before being abused, and explores the authoritie's responses when they reported what had happened to them.

The series also showcases the tireless perseverance of sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham, who fought to get police attention for the case. 

All episodes of the drama are available on BBC iPlayer. 

Feature image: BBC One

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