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Friday, 07 September 2018

Further 12 charged with offences relating to Huddersfield child sexual exploitation

Written by Dave Higgens

Twelve men have appeared in court charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Huddersfield.

The hearings at the West Yorkshire town's magistrates court (pictured) on Thursday follow the appearance of 18 people on Wednesday, who were arrested as part of the same police investigation.

For legal reasons, only three of the men who appeared on Thursday can be identified.

All 12 appeared from prison via videolink.

Manzoor Akhtar, 29, of Blackmoorfoot Road, Huddersfield, is accused of three rapes and trafficking. He was given conditional bail in relation to these charges.

Samuel Fikru, 30, of Camden, is charged with two rapes. He was remanded in custody.

Mohammed Akram, 41, of Manchester Road, Huddersfield, is charged with a rape and two counts of trafficking. He was given unconditional bail in relation to these charges.

The nine defendants who cannot be identified are facing charges including rape, sexual assault and trafficking.

They were all given unconditional bail in relation to these charges.

All 12 men will next appear at Leeds Crown Court on November 1, along with the 17 men and one woman who attended court on Wednesday.

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