Six men in court over child sexual abuse in Oxford

Police briefing before raids
Image caption Officers held a briefing before a series of arrests in March as part of Operation Nautical

Six men have appeared in court in connection with a major child sexual exploitation investigation in Oxford.

It follows arrests in March linked with alleged sex offences against females between 2008 and 2015.

Six men from Oxford were charged with the rape of a girl under 16 as well as other sexual offences.

They appeared at Oxford Crown Court on Friday and did not enter pleas. The case was adjourned until a pre-trial hearing on 18 August.

The raids in March were part of an investigation named Operation Nautical by police.

The defendants are Shabir Dogar, 22; Shabaz Khan, 23; Shohab Dogar, 23; Yasin Omair Hamid, 20; Usman Idris, 22; and Joseph Suraini, 22.

The trial is expected to begin on 7 September.

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