Rotherham councillor accused of rape
A victim in the Rotherham grooming trial told police she was raped by an influential politician linked to three brothers jailed yesterday for a campaign of child abuse in the town which a judge called “violent and degrading”.
Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras Hussain were sentenced to a total of 79 years in prison. They were said to have ruled Rotherham for a decade until their grooming, pimping and trafficking of girls was exposed by The Times.
Jahangir Akhtar, a relative of the trio, is the former Labour deputy leader of Rotherham council and the former vice-chairman of South Yorkshire police and crime panel. He resigned in 2013 after The Times revealed his role in a deal under which Arshid Hussain agreed to return a missing child to police at a petrol station after receiving an assurance that he would not be prosecuted. The petrol station handover, and Mr Akhtar’s involvement, featured in an account by one of the 15 child victims who gave evidence in the two-month trial at Sheffield crown court.
It can now be reported that a reference was made to an elected Rotherham politician during the evidence of two more grooming victims.