Child sex abusers sentenced

Nine men have been sentenced for sexually abusing underage girls near Rochdale. Liverpool Crown Court were told during the 10 week trial that these men groomed girls as young as 13 because they were vulnerable.

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Police say sentences send out strong message

These defendants have never shown the slightest bit of remorse and have forced their victims to re-live their horrific ordeals. Today’s sentences provide a strong message that Greater Manchester Police and our partners will hunt down and prosecute anyone believed to be involved in the sexual exploitation of children.

– Detective Inspector Michael Sanderson, sexual offences unit


Illegal immigrant jailed for four years then will be deported

Illegal immigrant Hamid Safi, 22, of no fixed address, was jailed for four years for conspiracy and one year, concurrently, for trafficking.

He sneaked into the UK on a lorry in 2008 and claimed to have fled Afghanistan because his uncle was murdered by the Taliban.

He was released from a detention centre in Birmingham in March 2009 when he moved to Rochdale.

Safi will be deported back to Afghanistan following his sentence.

His barrister Stuart Duke told the court the offences were "not something he orchestrated or instigated".

Third taxi driver jailed for five years

Abdul Qayyum, 44, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, was jailed for five years for conspiracy.

He was a driver for Streamline Taxis in Middleton, Greater Manchester, and was known by the name "Tiger".

Philip Boyd, defending, said of his client: "He is a hard-working man of significant character in his community.

"He has a young family and wife who will be placed under considerable pressure by this conviction."

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