Sixth Brierfield man accused of ‘sex grooming’ of girl (14)

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A SIXTH man has been charged with child sex offences as part of an ongoing investigation into the sexual exploitation of a 14-year-old girl.

Mohammed Imran Amjad (25), of Halifax Road, Brierfield, was arrested on January 17th and charged with conspiracy to rape. He is due to appear at Burnley Magistrates’ Court on February 14th.

Amjad is the sixth man to be arrested and charged in connection with the investigation which is being carried out by detectives from the Freedom Team – a multi-agency unit to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation in Pennine Division.

Five other men are to appear at Burnley Crown Court on March 2nd.

Haroon Mahmood (21), of John Street, Brierfield; Mohammed Suleman Farooq (22), of Berry Street, Brierfield; Omar Mazafer (21), of Halifax Road, Brierfield; Mohammed Zeeshan Amjad (24), of Halifax Road, Brierfield and Shiraz Afzal (25), of Mansfield Crescent, Brierfield, are all charged with conspiracy to rape.

A seventh man, Waqas Khalid (18), of Halifax Road, Brierfield, is charged with witness intimidation. He appeared at Burnley Crown Court on Monday where he pleaded not guilty. He is to appear at Burnley Crown Court for trial on July 4th.

All charges relate to the same girl who was aged 14 at the time. Offences are alleged to have occurred between January 1st and September 30th 2010.