Lancashire

Three Brierfield men charged over child sex exploitation

Three men have been charged over the sexual exploitation of two 14-year-old girls in east Lancashire.

Sheraz Afzal, 25, Omar Mazafer, 21, and Mohammed Suleman Farooq, 22, all of Brierfield, are charged with conspiracy to rape a child.

Mr Farooq and Mr Mazafer were remanded in custody by Burnley magistrates on Wednesday to appear at Burnley Crown Court on 14 November.

Mr Afzal is due to appear before magistrates on 28 October.

A fourth man, Waqas Khalid, 18, also from Brierfield, is charged with witness intimidation.

He appeared before magistrates on Thursday and was bailed to return to the court in December.

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