Op Stovewood: Twelve men to appear in court charged with child sexual abuse offences

4 October 2017

Twelve men aged between 33 and 38 are due to appear in court charged with 44 child sexual abuse offences including rape, indecent assault, supply of controlled drugs and false imprisonment as part of the National Crime Agency’s Operation Stovewood.

Amjal Rafiq (38) and Nabeel Kurshid (34) from Warwick St, Rotherham, Iqlak Yousaf (33) from Tooker Road, Rotherham, Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar (36) from East Rd, Rotherham, Tanweer Ali (36) from Godstone Rd, Rotherham, Aftab Hussain (38) from York Rd, Rotherham, Abid Saddiq (36) from Walter St, Rotherham, Sharaz Hussain (33) from Fitzwilliam Rd, Rotherham and Salah Ahmed El-Hakam (38) from Tudor Close, Sheffield have been charged with 39 offences following their arrest.

Mohammed Ashan (33), Masaeud Malik (33), Waseem Khaliq (33) have been charged with five offences and remain in custody.

The offences relate to the sexual abuse of eight girls under the age of 16, over a five year period from 1998 to 2003.

All will appear at Sheffield Magistrates Court on the 24th October 2017.

Senior Investigating Officer, Paul Williamson said:

“We have now charged 21 men with over 94 child sexual abuse offences and expect this number to increase as more victims come forward. Officers are investigating more than 80 suspects and with the support of partner agencies, are currently engaging with 235 victims.

“Our focus is to bring lasting and worthwhile benefits for victims, helping to build better futures. We will listen to their accounts and investigate allegations made to identify and bring offenders to justice. This focus has not wavered and we, along with our partners will persist in our efforts to make Rotherham a hostile environment for child sex offenders”.

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