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Men accused of inciting child prostitution seen walking alleged victim towards Sheffield's 'red light district'

Published in The Star
10th February 2017


Yorkshire
Two brothers on trial for a string of child prostitution charges were seen by police walking towards Sheffield's red light district with a young girl they are accused of pimping out, a court heard.  Sheffield Crown Court was told how at around 12.45pm on February 25, 2009 Christopher Whiteley, 23 and Matthew Whiteley, 24 were spotted by police officer Lauren Parker walking along Rutland Road in Neepsend.

The two brothers, both of of Weakland Crescent, Hackenthorpe were seen walking with Girl C, then aged 16.  They, along with Shane Whiteley, also of of Weakland Crescent, Hackenthorpe and their friend Andre Francis Edge, 25 of Wheatley Road, Parson Cross are accused of forcing into prostitution.  All four defendants are also charged with conspiracy to rape Girl C.

As the girl and the two brothers walked up towards what Ms Parker described as being the city's red light district, Girl C - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was seen swigging from a can of lager.

Ms Parker, who was patrolling the area to gather intelligence on solicitation and prostitution in Sheffield, told the court that she knew what Matthew Whiteley looked like at the time due to photographs she had seen of him at the police station she was stationed at. She was also able to identify Girl C due to past dealings with her.

She told the court: "They were simply walking on the road towards Shiregreen, continuing on in the same direction [after we passed them].  I noted down that Girl C was seen with Matthew Whiteley and an unknown male. I wrote Girl C could be on the streets working."

Another police officer also saw the Girl C and the two Whiteley brothers, both of whom were later picked out in an identification parade by officers as the two males seen with Girl C on that evening.

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Woman in her 60s arrested for running a brothel in Bristol

Published in The Bristol Post
9th February 2017


Bristol
A woman in her 60s was one of two arrested for managing a brothel in Bristol after a crackdown by police.

The woman, who is in her 60s but not named, was arrested along with a second woman in her 40s, at an address on Fishponds Road in Fishponds on Tuesday.

They were arrested on suspicion of assisting or managing a brothel, and have been bailed while enquiries continue.

"These arrests were made as a result of a warrant and we're now working to establish the full circumstances of the case," said Det Insp Jill Kells said.

"I'd urge anyone with suspicions about addresses in their communities to report them. If something doesn't feel or look right, then it probably isn't."
 
 
 

 

Four members of child sex grooming gang facing removal from UK

Published by The Press Association
9th February 2017


Manchester
Four members of a child sex grooming gang are facing deportation after losing a legal challenge in their battle to remain in the UK. The men had appealed against moves by the Government to strip them of their British citizenship. But their claims were dismissed on all grounds by the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

The ruling paves the way for the men, all of Pakistani nationality who acquired British citizenship by naturalisation, to be removed from the UK.

Among the group whose claims were thrown out is Shabir Ahmed, the ringleader of a group of men who preyed on girls in Rochdale. He is serving a 22-year jail sentence after being convicted of a string of offences in 2012.

The other three claimants are Adil Khan, Qari Abdul Rauf and Abdul Aziz.

The case centres on decisions by then home secretary Theresa May proposing to deprive the men of their British citizenship on the grounds that it would be "conducive to the public good".

Handing down the judgment, Mr Justice McCloskey, president of the Upper Tribunal, said the cases were "of some notoriety", and described the men's crimes as "shocking, brutal and repulsive".

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