Protests as 18 defendants appear in court charged with child sex exploitation offences in Huddersfield

Seventeen men and a woman have appeared in court charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Huddersfield.
More than 20 police were on duty outside the West Yorkshire town’s magistrates’ court as the defendants appeared before District Judge Michael Fanning in small batches.

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.

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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.

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The men – and one woman – who appeared in court in connection with child sexual exploitation charges

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