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Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

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Crimes involving young people

Young people as victims and witnesses

Being a victim or a witness to a crime is not easy, but we work hard to bring offenders to justice. Throughout the justice process we will support young victims and witnesses and treat them with dignity.

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Youth crime

The Crown Prosecution Service acts in partnership with other agencies such as the police, the youth justice board, children's services, courts and youth offending teams. Each area of the CPS has a youth justice specialist who oversees the prosecution of youth crime in their area.

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CPS statement on Operation Doublet charges

02/03/2015

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge ten men with a wide range of sexual offences against girls under the age of 16.

The offences include rape, conspiracy to rape, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity with a child and sexual assault. They are alleged to have occurred between 2005 and 2013 and relate to seven female complainants. The majority of offences took place when the complainants were aged under 16 at the time.

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West said: "The CPS has been working closely with investigators from Operation Doublet from an early stage in the investigation in connection with this case. Having carefully considered all the evidence presented to us we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge ten men with these offences and have authorised Greater Manchester Police to do so.

"These defendants now stand charged with serious criminal offences and have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Two of the men, Afraz Ahmed and David Law, were remanded in custody and appeared at Bury Magistrates' Court on 24th February. Five men appear at Bury Magistrates' Court on 3 March and the remaining three defendants appear at Tameside Magistrates' Court on 4 March.

The defendants are:

  • David Law, charged with conspiracy to rape x 3
  • Afraz Ahmed, charged with conspiracy to rape x 2; rape x 2; inciting a child to engage in sexual activity x 2
  • Kutab Miah, charged with sexual activity with a child x 3; rape x 1
  • Shayfur Rhaman, charged with rape x 1
  • Marfus Rahman, charged with rape x 3; sexual activity with a child x 3
  • Mohammed Miah, charged with rape x 3; sexual activity with a child x 3
  • Ashfaq Yousaf, charged with rape x 1; aiding and abetting rape x 1
  • Rehan Ali, charged with rape x 1; sexual activity with a child x 3
  • Iklaq Chaudhry, charged with sexual activity with a child x 3; rape x 2
  • Mohammed Davood, charged with sexual assault x 1; assault occasioning actual bodily harm x 1; rape x 3; sexual activity with a child x 1

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Notes to Editors

  1. For media enquiries call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906; Out of Hours Pager 07699 781 926
  2. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three national casework divisions: Specialist Fraud (formerly Central Fraud and Welfare, Rural & Health Divisions), Special Crime & Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. CPS Direct is a 'virtual' 14th Area which provides charging decisions to all police forces and other investigators across England and Wales - it operates twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  3. At 31 March 2014 we employed a workforce of approximately 6237 staff (full time equivalent), including around 2226 prosecutors and 3629 caseworkers and administrators. Further information can be found on our website:  www.cps.gov.uk.
  4. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.