Lancashire

Brierfield man admits child sex offence

A man has admitted three offences of child abduction and one of sexual activity with a child.

Mohammed Imran Amjad, 26, of Halifax Road, Brierfield, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to the offences on a girl aged between 13 and 15.

The offences occurred between April 2009 and September 2010 at an address in Sackville Street, Brierfield.

Amjad pleaded guilty to the charges during a trial at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday.

'Complicated investigation'

He was acquitted on the direction of the judge of other charges of rape and aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring rape, encouraging or assisting an offence and witness intimidation.

Five other men were also acquitted of various sex offences against the same girl.

Haroon Mahmood, 22, of John Street, Brierfield; Mohammed Suleman Farooq, 23, of Berry Street, Brierfield; Omar Mazafer, 22, of Halifax Road, Brierfield; Mohammed Zeeshan Amjad, 25, of Halifax Road, Brierfield; and Shiraz Afzal, 26, of Mansfield Crescent, Brierfield; had also been on trial.

Det Ch Insp Sion Hall, of Lancashire Police, said: "This has been a long and complicated investigation and we have worked extremely hard with the victim over a long period of time in order to gain her trust.

"She has been very brave and courageous throughout the case and we will continue to offer her and her family help and support for as long as it is needed."

Amjad will be sentenced on 26 April at Burnley Crown Court.

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