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Takeaway owner jailed for 15 years

A Carlisle takeaway owner has been jailed for 15 years for attempting to recruit young girls into prostitution and running a brothel from his curry house. Azad Miah was found guilty yesterday of 10 offences, following a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

He paid for sex with vulnerable underage girls, some had drug or alcohol addictions or chaotic home lives. He also used the rooms above the former Spice of India takeaway on Botchergate as a brothel, when men paid as little as £10 for sex with the girls who were as young as 15.

He pursued one girl and sent her dozens of texts despite knowing she was just 12 years old. Sentencing him the judge said:

You preyed on the immaturity and vulnerability of young girls

– Judge Peter Hughes

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Azad Miah claims he was being framed for money

Azad Miah Credit: ITV Border

A court has heard how a former take away owner accused of running a brothel involving under-age girls has claimed he was being framed for money.In evidence from police interviews, Carlisle Crown court was told that Azad Miah denied knowing that one of his alleged victims was 14.

Miah said he believed the girl was over 18 when he began a sexual relationship with her.

He said he only gave her money as "presents" and ended the relationship when he learned she was a drug addict.

He said her accusations were a way of blackmailing him because he was a family man with a wife and four children. He denied any sexual contact with another girl who claims he made advances to her when she was 16.

He said she caused a violent scene in his take away when he stopped one of his chefs from seeing her. He also denied having sex with another of his alleged victims who was 14 at the time and he denied knowing the others who have made allegations against him.

He faces charges of paying for sex with a child, inciting child prostitution and running a brothel at his former take away, The Spice Of India on Botchergate in Carlisle.He denies all the charges against him.

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The day's second witness describes an incident she says took place in December 2008. She says that when she was 18 she was unemployed and looking for a job. During a trial at the Spice of India she says Miah took her to a bedroom above the takeaway.

She says he began undressing and offered her money before asking her to get undressed. Azad Miah denies all charges against him.

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A witness has told Carlisle Crown Court that Azad Miah paid her £80 for underage sex. The girl says she was 15 and smoking cannabis when she approached Miah for a job in his takeaway. She says he asked if she wanted to make "Big money" and offered her £80 to have sex with him.

She says that some weeks later he picked her up in his car and took her to the countryside for sex. Stephen Meadowcroft QC for the defence disputes the evidence of this witness. Under cross examination she agrees that she changed her original statement last week.

Up until that point she had not mentioned having sex with Mr Miah. She says she changed her mind because she felt she had to tell the whole truth. Mr Meadowcroft says no sex occured. Azad Miah deines all charges against him. The trial continues

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