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Footballers sex attack case to open

The case against four footballers accused of sexual assault and voyeurism is due open at the Old Bailey this morning.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at the Jurys Inn hotel in Brighton in July 2011.

Brighton and Hove Albion players Anton Rodgers, 19, Lewis Dunk, 21, and George Barker, 21, and former team-mate Steve Cook, 21, who now plays for Bournemouth, deny the charges.

The players are alleged to have assaulted a 19-year-old woman at the hotel.

Rodgers and Barker, both of Highview Avenue North,Brighton, Dunk, of Woodbourne Avenue, Brighton, and Cook, of Perth Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, are on bail.

A jury was sworn in yesterday and will return today to hear prosecutor Richard Barton outline details of the case.

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First witness speaks in Oxford child abuse ring case

The first witness in the trial of nine men accused of running a child prostitution ring in Oxford took to the stand today. The woman, now in her 20s, told the Old Bailey that she was plied with drugs and alcohol.

The men face 51 charges - and are accused of grooming and assaulting girls between 2004 - and last year. They deny the charges. From London, Kate Bunkall sends this.

Footballers in court charged with sexual offences

Three Brighton & Hove Albion FC footballers and a former teammate have appeared before the Old Bailey charged with sexual assault and voyeurism at the Jury's Inn Hotel in Brighton. The offences are alleged to have happened in July 2011.

The footballers concerned are Anton Rodgers aged 19, Lewis Dunk aged 21, George Barker aged 21, and former teammate Steve Cook aged 21 who now plays for Bournemouth. They are alleged to have assaulted a 19-year-old woman at the hotel. All four men deny the charges

The men - Anton Rodgers and George Barker, both of Highview Avenue North in Brighton; Lewis Dunk of Woodbourne Avenue in Brighton, and Steve Cook of Perth Road in St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex - are on bail.

A jury has been sworn in. The case will be opened on Tuesday.

Artist's impression of nine defendants in child prostitution ring case

Court artist's depiction of nine defendants on trial at Old Bailey charged with organising a child prostitution ring

Court artist's impression of nine defendants from Oxford accused at the Old Bailey of organising a child prostitution ring. The nine men, who are all in custody, deny 51 charges including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution between 2004 and last year.

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Gang forced girls into prostitution

A court has heard how young girls were sexually exploited by men who subjected them to depravity and perversion. Jurors at the Old Bailey were told six girls were used by a group including nine defendants from the Oxford area, and that one child was just 12 when she was forced into prostitution.

The Old Bailey was told the nine men - who are all in custody - include two sets of brothers, Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 30, and Bassam Karrar, 32, and Mohammed Karrar, 38; and Kamar Jamil, 27, Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, Bilal Ahmed, 26, and Mohammed Hussain, 24.

Nicholas Lucas QC, prosecuting said: "This case involves the sexual exploitation of children, young girls, by groups of men in the Oxford area."

The men deny 51 counts, including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution between 2004 and last year.

The trial is expected to last until April.

Oxford child prostitution ring case at Old Bailey

Nine men are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of running a child prostitution ring.

The accused men, all from the Oxford area, are Akhtar Dogar, 32, Anjum Dogar, 30, Bassam Karrar, 32, Mohammed Karrar, 38, Kamar Jamil, 27, Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, Bilal Ahmed, 26, and Mohammed Hussain, 24.

One of the six victims the charges relate to, was said to have first been abused when she was 11 or 12 years old; the other victims were said to have been first abused when they were thirteen.

The men deny 51 counts including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution between 2004 and 2011.