No bail for 'trafficking gang'

Thames Valley Police officers
Thames Valley Police officers preparing to arrest suspects Photo: Thames Valley Police

Six men were remanded in custody today when they made their first appearance in court accused of preying on vulnerable young girls and grooming them for sex.

The men were arrested along with seven others by police investigating claims that 24 girls under 16 were targeted by the Oxford-based gang.

A total of 34 charges were read out, including rape, conspiring to rape a child, arranging child prostitution and trafficking as the men appeared in two separate hearings at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court, Buckinghamshire.

Brothers Anjum Dogar, 30, and Akhtar Dogar, 31, both of Tawney Street, Oxford, and Kamar Jamil, 26, of Aldrich Road, Oxford, sat together in the dock dressed in sportswear while prosecutor Clare Tucker listed the charges against each of them.

Hospital porter Akhtar Dogar is accused of three counts of rape, one count of conspiring to rape a child, three counts of arranging the prostitution of a child, one count of making a threat to kill and one count of trafficking, which are alleged to have been carried out between May 2004 and July 2010.

Unemployed Anjum Dogar is charged with one count of conspiring to rape a child, one count of arranging prostitution of a child and one count of trafficking between July 2005 and July 2010.

Security guard and father-of-two Jamil faces four counts of rape, two counts of arranging the prostitution of a child, one count of making a threat to kill and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to supply between May 2004 and March of this year.

The three other defendants appeared in the dock in a separate hearing later this afternoon.

Ms Tucker said unemployed Zeshan Ahmed, 26, of Palmer Road, Headington, Oxford, is charged with 10 counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child between January 2010 and January this year.

Unemployed Mohammed Karrar, 37, of Cowley Road, Oxford, is accused of two counts of conspiracy to rape a child and one count of supplying a class A drug, namely cocaine, to a child between July 2004 and July 2009.

Meanwhile his brother, security guard Bassan Karrar, 32, of no fixed address, is charged with a single count of rape alleged to have been carried out against a 14-year-old girl in November 2006.

The offences relate to girls who were under the age of 16 at the time, the court heard.

No pleas were entered and applications for bail were refused.

All six men will appear at Aylesbury Crown Court on March 30.

More than 100 officers took part in the raids on Thursday and 14 warrants were executed across the city as part of an operation named Bullfinch.

The seven other men who were arrested have been released on police bail until next month.