Two men jailed for four years after police child sex abuse investigation

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BRADFORD: A man has been jailed for more than four years after becoming the latest defendant to be sentenced as part of a major investigation into child sexual exploitation in West Yorkshire.

Manzoor Akhtar, 31, from Crosland Moor in Huddersfield was sentenced to four years, six months at Leeds Crown Court on April 22 after being found guilty of raping a young girl between 2005 and 2006, Telegraph and Argus has reported.

Akhtar became the latest man to be convicted as part of West Yorkshire Police’s multi-part Operation Tendersea investigation into the sexual abuse of young girls in Huddersfield between 1995 and 2011.

Manzoor Akhtar (left) and Shaqeel Hussain jailed for child sex abuse

During proceedings, the court heard he subjected his victim to sexual assault when she was between 13 and 14 years old.

Meanwhile, on April 22 another man was also jailed for 12 months in a separate criminal case, also investigated as part of the wider Operation Tendersea enquiry.

Shaqeel Hussain, 36, of Spen Valley Road, Dewsbury, pleaded guilty to an indecent assault committed in Huddersfield between 2004 and 2005 on a 16-year-old girl.

In a previous Operation Tendersea trial in February 2020, relating to the sexual abuse of two girls in the Huddersfield area between 1995 and 2011, Hussain was jailed for eight years for the rape of a 14-year-old girl. He was told he must serve the 12 months consecutive to the eight-year term he is currently serving.

The latest convictions mean a total of 35 men have now been sentenced as part of Operation Tendersea with combined sentences totalling in excess of 380 years being given by the courts to those appearing before them.