In mid-December, four more men (Shafiq Younas, Nazam Akhtar, Amjad Hussain and Mohammed Ali Sultan) were convicted of indecent assault and rape charges or other similar offences against young vulnerable girls. The offences all took place in Telford between 2000 and 2003. Vulnerable victims, as young as 12 were sold for sex, initially by Tanveer Ahmed. Ahmed did not stand trial alongside the others, having previously been deported to Pakistan.
An independent enquiry into child sexual exploitation (CSE) continues in Telford after claims thousands of girls may have been abused. The Director of Children’s Services at Telford & Wrekin Council welcomed the latest conviction.
This latest prosecution comes on the back of other similar scandals in other major cities across the country which have been plagued by grooming gangs and exploitation.
Elsewhere Amjad Ditta, a police officer was amongst 16 men accused of being part of an alleged grooming gang in Halifax, with alleged offences committed between 2006 and 2009. Ditta was a serving policeman at the time of the alleged offences. Ditta along with the others accused face trial for various offences amongst which are complaints of rape, threats to kill, trafficking, and sexual activity with a child of various accusers between the ages of 13 and 16. They appeared before Braford Magistrates Court on 6 January, when the case was remitted to the Crown Court for trial. The accused were bailed to return on 20 January.
It is now six years since the report in to CSE in Rochdale which was authored by the current chair of IICSA. Many recommendations were made and many have been implemented but there seems there remains much to do.
Written by Jagdeep Hayre at BLM