April 2020

Member of grooming gang jailed for four years for raping girl, 13

The 35th member of a notorious Huddersfield grooming gang has been jailed for repeatedly raping an underage girl.

Manzoor Akhtar, 31, has been sentenced to more than four years in jail for raping a young girl when she was just 13. The assaults took place during 2005 and 2006 in the West Yorkshire town, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Another gang member, Shaqeel Hussain, has had 12 months added to his prison sentence after he admitted to committing an indecent assault on a 16-year-old girl between 2004 and 2005.

He can only be named now as reporting restrictions were lifted after he pleaded guilty.

Hussain, 36, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, is already serving an eight-year prison sentence for raping a 14-year-old girl after going to trial in February

The latest convictions mean a total of 35 men have now been jailed as part of Operation Tendersea, a multi-agency investigation into child sexual exploitation in Huddersfield.

Multiple men in the town raped girls – many of whom were underage – between 1995 and 2011. The combined sentences so far come to more than 380 years between the men.