February 2021

Two men caught trying to meet children in Birmingham for sex

Two men have been jailed for trying to pay for sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Abdi Shire and Adean Ahmed both thought they were arranging to meet young girls in Birmingham but instead were met by West Midlands Police.

Detectives discovered Shire, from Small Heath, had asked to meet a girl aged just 13-years-old for adult services on July 23 last year.

The 64-year-old agreed a price for sex with the teenager two days later but the meeting never happened and officers arrested him at his home address in the early hours of August 12.

Detectives received intelligence Ahmed, from Edgbaston, had asked “do you have any 12” and “is there anything like 10” in clear references to the age of girls he intended to abuse.

Ahmed, aged 24, was arrested in Birmingham on November 18 last year after being intercepted by police.

Shire admitted arranging the commission of a child sex offence and at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday (Feb 4) was jailed for three years and two months.

Ahmed appeared at the same court on January 9 when he was jailed for three years.

Both men – who are unconnected – have also been placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

The team of police officers behind the arrests is active on social media, instant messaging apps and other online platforms looking for people seeking to groom children online − and to intercept them before they’re able to meet youngsters.