A small group of protesters gathered outside the building before the hearings began. Twelve more defendants are due to appear before the same court on Thursday. The 18 who appeared on Wednesday were all given conditional bail and ordered to appear at Leeds Crown Court on November 1.
Twelve more men appear in court over child exploitation charges
They are among 31 charged with more than 80 offences to appear at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court in the last two days
A further 12 men have appeared in court over the sexual abuse of girls living in Huddersfield.
The men, nine of whom cannot be named for legal reasons, were before Kirklees Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday) via live video links from various prisons around the country.