Labour MP demands deportation of Rochdale grooming gang

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MANCHESTER: Labour MP Tony Lloyd has called on the Home Secretary to explain why members of the Rochdale grooming gang have not been deported a decade after the committing their sickening crimes.

As the Manchester Evening News reported some members of the notorious child abuse ring are still living in the town 10 years after preying on girls as young as 12.

One woman who was abused by the gang wet herself and had to run into a shop after spotting her attacker in the town centre, according to locals. Another victim bumped into her abuser in a nightclub only last week, it was claimed.

Now Rochdale MP Mr Lloyd written to Rochdale-born Home Secretary Sajid Javid asking him to explain why the men have not been deported.

Shabir Ahmed, 66; Qari Abdul Rauf, 50; Abdul Aziz, 48; and Adil Khan, 49, were among nine men convicted in 2012 of a catalogue of serious sex offences against vulnerable victims in Rochdale and Heywood. They all are stated as Pakistan origin British nationals.

As the only groomers to have dual UK-Pakistani citizenship, they were at risk of being sent back to Pakistan but none of the four appear to have been deported or be facing deportation.

Ringleader Ahmed, known as ‘Daddy’, is still serving a 22-year jail term for rape but Rauf is back living at his home address in Rochdale and Aziz has also been seen in the town, locals say. Khan’s exact whereabouts are not known.

A spokeswoman for Home Secretary has been approached for comment but has yet to respond. Mr Lloyd has now tabled a question in Parliament and called on Mr Javid to explain. The MP said: “I am as shocked about this as everyone else is in Rochdale, and the wider country.

“When the Home Office took on and won the capacity to take British citizenship from them, we were right to assume that this would be followed by deportation. These crimes were at the most serious level and victims deserve better”, he added.

For two years from early 2008, girls as young as 12 were plied with alcohol and drugs and gang-raped in rooms above takeaway shops and ferried to different flats in taxis where cash was paid to use the girls. Police said as many as 47 girls were groomed.