Brierfield men arrested over claims of sex exploitation of girls (14)

FOUR men from Brierfield have been charged by police in connection with the sexual exploitation of two 14-year-old girls.

Shiraz Afzal (25), of Mansfield Crescent, Omar Mazafer (21), of Halifax Road, and Mohammed Suleman Farooq (22), of Berry Street, are all accused of conspiracy to rape a child.

All three men have been remanded in custody. A fourth man, Waqas Khalid, (18) of Halifax Road, is charged with witness intimidation. He was due to appear at Burnley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday

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The arrests came after detectives from the Freedom Team, which tackles child sexual exploitation, carried out a series of pre-planned warrants across Brierfield on Tuesday and Wednesday.

n Anyone with information or concerns about child sexual exploitation, is urged to contact the Freedom Team on 01706 237397 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.