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20 October 2011

Brierfield men charged with child sex offences

Four men from Brierfield are due to appear in court charged in connection with the sexual exploitation of two 14-year-old girls.

Shiraz Afzal, 25, of Mansfield Crescent is charged with conspiracy to rape a child; Omar Mazafer, 21, of Halifax Road is charged with conspiracy to rape a child and Mohammed Suleman Farooq, 22, of Berry Street is charged with conspiracy to rape a child.

All three men have been remanded in custody. A fourth man Waqas Khalid, 18, of Halifax Road, Brierfield is charged with witness intimidation. He will appear at Burnley Magistrates Court this morning (Thursday 20 October).

All four men were arrested after police carried out a series of pre-planned warrants across Brierfield on Tuesday 18 October and Wednesday 19 October.

The action follows an on-going investigation by detectives from the Freedom Team which aims to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation in Pennine Division.

Anyone with information or concerns about child sexual exploitation, is urged to contact the Freedom Team on 01706 237397 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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