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Brothers jailed for sexual offences

Mubarek Ali, 24, (left) and Ahdel Ali (right) Photo: West Mercia Police

Two Shropshire men have been jailed after carrying out a "significant number" of sexual offences against vulnerable young girls.

Ahdel Ali, 24, was sentenced to 18 years in prison, while his 29-year-old brother Mubarek was handed a 14-year term by Judge Patrick Thomas QC at Worcester Crown Court.

During the brothers' trial the court heard that the two men systematically groomed young girls in such a way that eventually they could exploit them sexually for their own gain and gratification.

They were are accused of committing a string of sexual offences against the girls, including five counts of controlling child prostitution.

The Ali brothers, both of Regent Street, Wellington, Telford, denied a total of 24 offences alleged to have been committed against four girls between March 2008 and December 2009.

Mubarek Ali denied four counts of controlling child prostitution, two of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation, and one of causing child prostitution between March 2008 and December 2009.

His brother denied three charges of controlling child prostitution, 11 of sexual activity with a child, two of inciting child prostitution, one of meeting a child following sexual grooming, one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and a count of rape alleged to have been committed between June and September 2008.

Speaking after seeing the men were sentenced, detective chief inspector Neil Jamieson, senior investigating officer for West Mercia Police said: "We are satisfied with the sentences handed down at court today and are pleased these two men will now serve significant custodial sentences.

"This is one of a number of high profile trials which have taken place recently across the UK and we are satisfied with the convictions in this case.

"Ahdel Ali and Mubarek Ali targeted these girls because of their vulnerability and then systematically groomed them in such a way that eventually they could exploit them sexually for their own gain and gratification."