Thursday, 9 June 2011
Eight men appeared in court yesterday accused of involvement in the sexual exploitation of young girls.

They are among 26 men from Rochdale, Lancashire, who have been arrested since December by detectives investigating allegations that girls aged from 13 to 15 were given alcohol and drugs before being subjected to numerous sexual offences.

The accused men, who are of Pakistani origin, were arrested after the major incident team at Greater Manchester Police took control of a investigation of child sexual exploitation that began in March last year.

The conduct of an earlier investigation, begun in 2008 after a complaint from a girl of 15 but dropped in 2009 with no charges, is being scrutinised by the force’s professional standards branch under the supervision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The eight before Rochdale magistrates yesterday were remanded in custody to Bolton Crown Court on June 22. Abdul Rauf, 42, Mohammed Ikhlaq, 41, Adil Khan, 41, Liaquat Shah, 40, Mohammed Sajid, 34, Qamar Shahzad, 29, Mohammed Amin, 44, and Abdul Aziz, 40, are accused of conspiracy to commit sexual activity with girls under 16. All except Mr Ikhlaq face other charges.

It is alleged that the crimes involved four girls and occurred since 2008.
Eight other men are on bail, five were freed without charge, one is being dealt with by the UK Border Agency and one, Hamid Safi, 21, is wanted by police after failing to answer bail.


Source: The Times (subscription)

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