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15 charged with child sex offences

Bradford Police have today charged 14 men and a 16-year-old male from Keighley with offences of Rape and Sexual Activity with a Child under 16.

The allegations are historic in nature having occurred between 2011 and 2012 and relate to, in the main, one female victim who was aged under 16 at the time.

One of the allegations relates to a second victim was also under 16 at the time of the offence in 2009.

All those charged have been released on police bail and are due to appear at Bradford Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 30 June.

The 14 men are:

  • Sufyan Ziarab, 22, of Keighley. He is charged with two offences of rape.
  • Yasser Kabir, 24, of Keighley. He is charged with 4 offences of rape.
  • Bilal Ziarab, 20, of Bradford. He is charged with two offences of rape.
  • Tauqeer Hussain, 22, of Keighley. He is charged with 4 offences of rape.
  • Israr Ali, 19, of Keighley. He is charged with two offences of rape.
  • Rohail Iqbal, 21, of Keighley who is charged with one offence of rape.
  • Rohail Hussain, 18, of Keighley, who is charged with one offence of rape.
  • Nasir Khan, 23, of Keighley. He is charged with three offences of rape.

  • Saqib Younis, 28, of Keighley. He is charged with two offences of rape.

  • Hussain Sardar, 18, of Keighley. He is charged with 2 offences of rape.

  • Zain Ali, 20, of Keighley. He is charged with 2 offences of rape.

  • Faisal Khan, 26, of Keighley, who is charged with 2 offences of rape.

  • Khalid Raja Mahmood, 34, of Keighley. He is charged with five offences of rape.

  • Mohamed Akram, aged 62, of Keighley. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.

Trio in court on childrens' home sex abuse charges

Three men are due to appear in court today to face a total of ninety two historic child sex offences against residents at an East Yorkshire childrens' home.

The former St William's Childrens' Home at the centre of child sex abuse allegations Credit: ITV Yorkshire

James Carragher and Michael Curran were employees at the St William's Childrens Home near Market Weighton. Anthony McCallen was a former chaplain, at the home. The charges, in respect of 20 complainants, date from 1970 to 1993.

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Doncaster woman in court over child sex offences

A woman from Doncaster has appeared in court alongside Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins to face allegations of child sex offences.

The 20-year-old cannot be named for legal reasons. She was arrested with a 24-year-old woman and the 35-year-old vocalist earlier this month.

Watkins has been charged with conspiring to rape a child under the age of 13, and faces five other sex abuse charges. They include conspiring to engage in sexual activity with two young children as well as making, downloading and distributing child pornography and accessing "extreme pornography".

The trio appeared at Cardiff Crown Court via video-link.

All three only spoke to confirm their names at the preliminary hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

Watkins was refused bail and remanded in custody with a plea and case management hearing scheduled at Cardiff Crown Court for March 11.