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Four men jailed for serious sexual offences with children mainly in Rochdale.

Mohammed Ishaque sentenced to 11 years Credit: GMP

Four men have been jailed for over 37 years for a range of serious sexual offences as part of Operation Doublet - an investigation into child sexual exploitation, mainly in Rochdale.They were convicted after a trial at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court.

Mohammed Ishaque 56 , of Denton Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in prostitution. He was sentenced to eleven years in prison.

Guilty of rape Gul Zaman sentenced to 10 years Credit: GMP

Gul Zaman, 44, of HMP Manchester, was found guilty of rape and inciting a child into prostitution. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Guilty of sexual activity with a child, Irshad Wani sentenced to 9 years. Credit: GMP

Irshad Wani 39, of Whitworth Road, Rochdale was found guilty of seven counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of child grooming. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Shohaib Shabbir admitted rape. He was sentenced to 7 years. Credit: GMP

Shohaib Shabbir, 28, of Copster Hill Road, Oldham, pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

The convictions relate to offences committed against two victims who were aged between 15 and 16 at the time of the abuse. The abuse happened between 2004 and 2008.

The victims have shown enormous courage and without their support in what has been a difficult investigation, we would not be here today.

Operation Doublet was launched following the 2011 investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rochdale and we identified a number of cases, which broadly took place between 2004 and 2008, across Greater Manchester where teenage girls had been sexually exploited by older men.

Working with our partners we have been able to identify vulnerable people and tackle CSE in a way that puts the victim’s wellbeing at the centre of all we do and I’d particularly like to pay tribute to DC Fitzsimons in driving this case forwards on behalf of the victims.”

We made a commitment to bring perpetrators of sexual abuse to justice and today is yet another illustration of that promise being realised.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels, the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Doublet, said: “

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Watch: Fears grow over radicalisation of youths after Imam murder

There are fears among one of our region's largest Bangladeshi communities that young people are becoming increasingly vulnerable to radicalisation.

It's an issue that's been exposed the murder of a religious scholar.

Mohammed Syeedy, 21, has been jailed for24 years for Jalal Uddin's murder.

The court heard he and the killer,Mohammed Kadir, had become more extreme after reading posts on-line supportingISIS ideology.

The pair - according to the prosecution -found justification to kill another Muslim through a twisted interpretation of their faith.

Matt O'Donoghue reports:

Family say murdered Imam only wanted peace

Jalal Uddin Credit: GTV

The family of an Imam from Rochdale who died in an ISIS - inspired killing say they're still struggling to come to terms with his death.

Manchester Crown Court heard Mohammed Syeedy took part in a plot to kill 71 year old Jalal Uddin, because he thought he was involved in black magic.

Syeedy denied helping a friend to carry out the hammer attack in February. But he was convicted and jailed for 24 years.

A second man Mohammed Kadir is wanted for Mr Uddin's murder and is thought to have fled to Syria.

Mr Uddin's family say he was a peaceful caring man.

Mohammed Syeedy Credit: GMP

Man jailed for life for ISIS-inspired murder of imam

A man convicted of the ISIS-inspired murder of an Imam from Rochdale has been jailed for 24 years.

Manchester Crown Court heard Mohammed Syeedy took part in a plot to kill 71 year old Jalal Uddin, because he thought he was involved in black magic.

Throughout the four week trial, Syeedy denied helping a friend to carry out the hammer attack in February.

But a jury took just four hours to find him guilty. Matt O'Donoghue reports:

Man who murdered respected Imam jailed for life

A man who murdered a respected Imam in Rochdale must spend at least 24 years in jail.

Mohammed Syeedy has been jailed for life and will spend at least 24 years in jail Credit: Greater Manchester Police

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Man to be sentenced for IS inspired murder

A man found guilty of the murder of a respected Imam will be sentenced this afternoon.

Jalal Uddin was murdered in a park in Rochdale Credit: ITV

Mohammed Syeedy had denied his part in a plot to murder Mr Uddin who was killed as he walked home from Friday prayers.

Mohammed Syeedy Credit: GMP

Man from Rochdale guilty of murder of Islamic scholar

A man from Rochdale has been found guilty of the murder of an Islamic scholar in the town.

Jalal Uddin was murdered in a park in Rochdale Credit: ITV

Jalal Uddin was murdered while walking home from prayers.

Mohammed Syeedy had denied murdering Mr Uddin in an ISIS inspired plot.

Man airlifted to hospital after being found on fire in Rochdale

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A man has been airlifted to hospital after being found on fire at a Frankie and Benny’s restaurant in Greater Manchester.

Emergency crews were called to a retail park in Rochdale at 11.15am.

Paramedics discovered a man who had suffered burns from the waist down.

He was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital by air ambulance.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service confirmed that medics were called to help a man this morning.

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We were called to Sandbrook Park in Rochdale at 11.16pm to a patient who appeared to have burns.

They were taken by air ambulance to Wythenshawe Hospital.

– North West Ambulance Service
This was the scene outside the restaurant in Rochdale Credit: MEN Syndication
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