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Gang convicted of sex offences against vulnerable girls in England
13 August 2017, 10:11 | Erica Roy
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The vulnerable victims, some as young as 14, were exploited by a "cynical organisation", an English court heard.
In a series of four trials at the court, juries found the men guilty of a catalogue of almost 100 offences ranging from rape, human trafficking, conspiracy to incite prostitution and drug supply between 2011 and 2014.
Those convicted today were mostly British-born and from a variety of backgrounds.
Redwan Siddique, age 32, pleaded guilty to one count of drug supply and sentenced to 16 months in prison.
Northumbria police has faced a backlash since XY's role in the case has emerged, with the NSPCC saying it was "appalled" to learn that police had paid a child rapist and planted him amidst vulnerable young girls. Good sex and relationship teaching that encourages boys and girls to respect one another, how to recognise inappropriate behaviour, and where to get help, works.
The victims, all female and between the ages of 13 and 25, were targeted because they were vulnerable and "less likely to complain due to their circumstances", the prosecution argued.
Some spoke of being "too intoxicated" to defend themselves, while others became addicted and had to commit sexual acts in return for drugs.
She said: "I would have wished this man not to be used, in particular because of his conviction for rape".
She said: "They told us what she would do for them for money and drugs or she'd get battered".
"The victims that have come forward should be commended for their bravery and I would encourage any other survivors of abuse, irrespective of where in the United Kingdom they are based, to contact their local police force".
"I can't begin to tell you the number of times I've asked for research to be carried out, I did in front of Parliament five years ago, but no-one is doing that".
Northumbria Police said in a statement it had been "open and transparent" in its response to Operation Sanctuary and the use of XY, but it "wouldn't be appropriate" to comment on individuals' opinions. The use of such a person by the police has been widely criticised by organisations such as the NSPCC that otherwise would be expected to cheer the careful and effective way the network was uncovered, its victims supported - to the point where 20 of them felt able to give evidence - and so many prosecutions were secured. It was split into several smaller investigations, one of which was Operation Shelter.
The 28-year-old, of Canning Street, Newcastle, was jailed for witness intimidation and assault after telling a young girl he had seen in the street that "everybody wanted her six feet under".
'The police were happy for him to be going to parties, taking drugs, being out of control because of the high value of the information.
The detective in charge of Sarah's case told his bosses that what she had said signalled something much bigger.
For four long years, they preyed on weak, vulnerable and frightened girls - until two of their victims went to cops.
They described being driven into Newcastle where they were plied with alcohol and cocaine before being raped and beaten by several men.
One of the victims was in local authority care at the time.
A Serious Case Review to establish what lessons can be learned and how to improve safeguarding will now report in December.
Council leader Nick Forbes said: "These were vile crimes committed by evil men. They have been courageous beyond belief and undoubtedly have made our city safer".
"These are criminals and there's been no hesitation in arresting them and targeting them using all means at our disposal".
Further, it has now been reported that a Northumbria Police officer was dismissed for gross incompetence following the failure to examine the phone of Bahmani Ahmadi, following his arrest in 2012 on suspicion of a sexual offence with a child.
It related to an earlier Operation Sanctuary investigation, which resulted in the conviction of Bahmani Ahmadi.
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