Man charged with two more offences in Rotherham child sex abuse police investigation

Man charged with two more offences in Rotherham child sex abuse police investigation

A man has been charged with two more offences in connection with the ongoing Rotherham child sex abuse investigations.

Operation Clover detectives as South Yorkshire Police have today charged Arshid Hussain, aged 40, of two counts of indecent assault.

The offences are alleged to have happened between 1998 and 2000.

In June, Hussain was charged with 45 offences including indecent assault, rape, and unlawful imprisonment and earlier this month was charged with conspiracy to commit rape.


Child sex suspect’s new charges

A CHILD sexual exploitation suspect facing 45 allegations has been charged with two further offences.

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    • Handover of missing girl was assisted by councillor
      Andrew Norfolk
      Last updated at 12:01AM, August 23 2013

      A man who is now the deputy leader of Rotherham Council played a role in discussions that led to an extraordinary deal under which a violent offender agreed to hand a missing child to police after being assured that he would not be detained.

      Jahangir Akhtar became aware that a 14-year-old girl who had been reported missing by her parents was with his relative, Arshid Hussain, 24, who was enjoying a spell of freedom between prison sentences.

      Mr Akhtar, then a 39-year-old taxi driver, would become a Labour member of the local authority two months later.

      A social services report of the incident in March 2000 quoted a police officer who said that officers “had ‘got’ [the girl] after the community policeman had done a ‘deal’ and made arrangements to meet at a neutral venue — petrol station”.

      When The Times asked Mr Akhtar about his role in the handover, he initially denied any knowledge, but later remembered that he spoke to Hussain’s family about the missing child after receiving a telephone call from a police officer.

      “I got a call from the police [claiming] that Arshid Hussain had taken a young girl,” he said. “Her parents didn’t know where she was and it was looking like it could have been a kidnapping.”

      Mr Akhtar, now aged 52, said that he immediately spoke to Hussain’s mother, telling her: “The police are saying that a young girl’s gone missing and they’re saying Ash [Hussain] has got her. You need to phone your son now and tell him to phone the police officer and get her back. I gave her the phone number.”

      The girl’s recollection was that after Hussain made a phone call to a police officer, “[he] told me things were hotting up and he had to hand me back or he’d be in big trouble”.

      Later that day, Hussain drove her to the agreed handover location, a petrol station on a main road in the Ferham area of Rotherham.

      “There was quite a lot of police officers waiting,” the girl said. “I got out of the car and was put into one of theirs. Ash left and I was taken to the police station.” She said that Mr Akhtar was waiting with police officers at the petrol station, but he strongly denied this and insisted that he had no knowledge of the deal being agreed.

      “I did the most responsible thing, as a parent, that I could do,” he said. “It never occurred to me that it might be anything to do with child sexual exploitation.”

      In its report of the incident, South Yorkshire Police said: “[The girl] is suspected of being two months pregnant. Due to her age she is considered to be morally and physically in danger. The people she has been associating with during her period missing are known to the police and social services.”

      The girl said that Hussain always described Mr Akhtar as his uncle. In reality, they were distant relatives, but the Akhtar and Hussain families lived a few houses apart and were closely acquainted.

      In 2002, Mr Akhtar was sentenced to 130 hours’ community service and ordered to pay £250 compensation after being convicted of affray for his role in a brawl at a Rotherham restaurant that also led to convictions for two of his brothers and one of his sons. The judge who sentenced him described it as “a serious incident which led to a number of people being injured and needing hospital treatment”.

      Mr Akhtar is now the council’s deputy leader and the vice-chairman of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel.

      In 2003 Hussain was jailed for three and a half years for grievous bodily harm, affray and possession of heroin. Two years later, he was shot twice in the stomach. Among his personal details, recorded by the Sheffield hospital where he received treatment for his injuries, he was listed as living in a house that was then, and still is, Mr Akhtar’s family home.

      Mr Akhtar said that this was a clerical mistake, adding that he had had little recent communication with the Hussain family, who no longer live in Rotherham, and had seen Hussain only at family weddings and funerals.


  1. Am wonder, Ahktar has constantly claim, he had no knowledge of his relatives criminal behaviour, despite the fact he assisted him in the return of a child in 2001. In 2010, he cliam after the conviction of those 5 fine upstanding members of the community for CSE, it was an isolated incident in Rotherham. When Jay came out in 2014, that some 1400 children had been abused by his community, he again claim no knowledge of what had happen. Now his relatives and close associates, have been charged with almost 100 crimes, does he Still believe CSE is a myth?


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