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Huddersfield child sex inquiry: Thirty-one in court

Police and press outside court
Image caption The hearing took place at Kirklees Magistrates' Court in Huddersfield

Thirty men and one woman are appearing in court charged with offences linked to child sexual exploitation in Huddersfield.

The charges relate to five women and are alleged to have taken place between 2005 and 2012 when the victims were aged between 12 and 18.

Charges include rape, trafficking and sexual assault.

The first 18 defendants were bailed during a hearing at Kirklees Magistrates' Court.

They will appear again at Leeds Crown Court on 1 November.

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The other accused are expected to appear before magistrates on Thursday.

The defendants appearing in court on Wednesday were:

  • Iftikar Ali, 37, of Holly Road, Huddersfield, charged with three rapes and one attempted rape
  • Umar Zaman, 30, of Bishop's Court, Huddersfield, who is charged with two rapes.
  • Basharat Hussain, 31, charged with two rapes.
  • Banaras Hussain, 37, of Scarborough Road, Shipley, charged with one rape.
  • Mubasher Hussain, 35, of Lockwood Road, Huddersfield, charged with one rape and one sexual assault.
  • Abdul Majid, 34, of Lightcliffe Road, Huddersfield, charged with two rapes.
  • Gul Riaz, 42, of Balmoral Avenue, Huddersfield, charged with one rape.
  • Fehreen Rafiq, 38, of Blackmoorfoot Road, Huddersfield, charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.
  • Mohammed Sajjad, 31, of Moorbottom Road, Huddersfield, charged with four counts of rape and one count of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.
  • Usman Ali, 32, of Park Drive, Huddersfield, charged with two counts of rape.
  • Mohammed Suhail Arif, 30, of New Hey Road, Huddersfield, charged with one rape.
  • Amin Ali Choli, 36, of Seaton Street, Huddersfield, charged with two rapes.
  • Mohammed Dogar, 35, of Central Avenue, Huddersfield, charged with facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.
  • Banaris Hussain, 35, of William Street, Huddersfield, charged with one rape.
  • Shaqeel Hussain, 35, of Spen Valley Road, Dewsbury, charged with one rape and two counts of trafficking.
  • Mohammed Waqas Anwar, 28, of Chapel Terrace, Huddersfield, charged with five rapes.
  • Saqib Raheel, 32, of Upper High Street, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, charged with two rapes.

A man who cannot be named for legal reasons is charged with one rape and one count of sexual touching of a female.

There was a strong police presence outside the court after small group of protesters gathered outside the building before the hearings began.

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