Leeds & West Yorkshire

25 men charged with child sex offences to face trial in 2016

Twenty five men who are charged with child sex offences including rape, grooming and trafficking will stand trial in February 2016, a judge said.

The offences are alleged to have been committed between 2006 and 2011 and largely relate to one girl who was under 16 at the time.

The men are mainly from Halifax or Bradford, but also Huddersfield, Derby, Shipley, Nantwich and Newport in Wales.

All 25 appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday and were given bail.

The full list of charges are rape, trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, sexual activity with a child under 16, sexual assault, voyeurism, sexual grooming, conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16, causing a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity without consent and supply of a controlled drug of class B.

One of the allegations also relates to a second victim, during the same time period.

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