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Ten men are due before Leeds Crown Court today charged with a string of sex abuse offences against girls in Huddersfield.

The men are among 29 people - including two women - who were arrested as part of Operation Tendersea.

They are accused of rape and sex abuse of girls in Huddersfield between 2004 and 2011.

Among them is Amere Singh Dhaliwal, of Holly Road, Thornton Lodge , who is facing 54 charges, including 21 counts of rape.

Others are charged with rape, trafficking, sexual assault, child abduction and attempted rape.

Our reporter Stephanie Finnegan is at court and we will bring you live updates on plea and case management proceedings as and when they happen.

Reporting restrictions

We understand the trial will carry reporting restrictions which would only allow any reporting on conclusion of the case. If an order is raised we will challenge it.

Trial date set

A trial date has been set for 8 January

The ten men have denied 100 charges against them

Here is the full list of not guilty pleas
AMERE SINGH DHALIWAL - 35 - HOLLY ROAD, THORNTON LODGE
He has pleaded not guilty to the following charges:rape (x21), supply of Class A drugs (x4), supply of Class B drugs, supply of controlled substances with intention to engage in sexual activity, trafficking female within the UK with a view to her sexual exploitation (x14), incite a child to engage in sexual activity (x5), sexual assault by penetration, sexual touching (x3), possession of indecent images of a child (x3), racially aggravated assault and incite a child into prostitution.
ZUBAIR AHMED - 31 - BLACKMOORFOOT ROAD, CROSLAND MOOR

He pleaded not guilty to rape and possession of extreme pornography.
ZAHID HASSAN

He pleaded not guilty to: Rape x 8; Attempted rape;Racially aggravated assault; Administering a substance with intent; Trafficking for sexual exploitation x 2; Trafficking a child within the UK with a view to her sexual exploitation x 3; Abduction of a child x 2; Supplying a class A drugs (MDMA) x 2
MOHAMMED KAMMER - 33 - HEATON ROAD, PADDOCK

He pleaded not guilty to rape x 2.
NAHMAN MOHAMMED

He pleaded not guilty to trafficking and rape.
HAMZHA A SALEEM

He pleaded not guilty to trafficking a female within the UK with a view to her sexual exploitation (x3).
IRFAN AHMED

He pleaded not guilty to trafficking a female within the UK with a view to her sexual exploitation (x6), sexual touching, taking indecent images of a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
ABDUL REHMAN

He pleaded not guilty to trafficking a female within the UK with a view to her sexual exploitation, sexual assault, rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, supply of Class A drugs and supply of class B drugs (x2).
MOHAMMED ASLAM

He pleaded not guilty to rape (x2).
RAJ SINGH BARSRAN - 33 - CALDERCLIFFE ROAD, BERRY BROW

He pleaded not guilty to sexual touching (x2) and rape.

Mr Hassan faces more charges

He also pleaded not guilty to trafficking children within the UK x 3; abduction of a child x 2; supplying a class A drug (MDMA) x 2

Zahid Hassan

Zahid Hassan has come back into court and pleaded not guilty to the following charges: Rape x 5, racially aggravated assault, administering a substance with intent and trafficking for sexual exploitation

Missing defendant has arrived

Nine of the ten defendants who appeared had already pleaded not guilty to every charge when Zahid Hassan walked into the courtroom. He is going to consult with his solicitor now.

Nahman Mohammed pleads not guilty

Nahman Mohammed has pleaded not guilty to one count of trafficking a female within the UK with a view to her sexual exploitation and one count of rape.

One of the ten is not appearing

Zahid Hassan has not appeared in court today.

Irfan Ahmed

Irfan Ahmed has pleaded not guilty to sexual activity with a child, possessing an indecent image of a child and trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Not guilty pleas

Mohammed Aslam has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape

Amere Singh Dhaliwal is first in the dock

Amere Singh Dhaliwal has pleaded not guilty to 23 of the charges against him so far

Other defendants at a previous hearing

Raj Singh Barsran, Caldercliffe Road, Berry Brow
Raj Singh Barsran, Caldercliffe Road, Berry Brow (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Raj Singh Barsran


Mohammed Kammer, Heaton Road, Paddock
Mohammed Kammer, Heaton Road, Paddock

Mohammed Kammer

Zubair Ahmed, Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor
Zubair Ahmed, Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Zubair Ahmed

Amere Singh Dhaliwal

This is Mr Dhaliwal when he last appeared before magistrates in connection with this case

Amere Singh Dhaliwal, Holly Road, Thornton Lodge
Amere Singh Dhaliwal, Holly Road, Thornton Lodge (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

List of defendants

Here are the ten due before the court today

Amere Singh Dhaliwal, of Holly Road, Thornton Lodge, is due in court today. He faces 54 charges, including 21 counts of rape, in relation to the alleged abuse of girls in Huddersfield between 2004 and 2011.

Irfan Ahmed, 32, of Yews Hill Road, Lockwood. He is charged with six counts of trafficking, sexual assault, making indecent images of a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Zahid Hassan, 28, of Bland Street, Lockwood. He is charged with eight counts of rape, five counts of trafficking, racially aggravated assault, supplying drugs, inciting a child into sexual activity, child abduction and attempted rape.

Mohammed Kammer, 32, of West View, Paddock. He is charged with two counts of rape.

Mohammed Aslam, 29, of Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury. He is charged with two counts of rape.

Abdul Rehman, 29, of Darnley Drive, Sheffield. He is charged with rape, trafficking, supplying drugs, supply of a controlled substance with intent to engage in sexual activity and sexual touching.

Raj Singh Barsran, 33, of Caldercliffe Road, Berry Brow. He is charged with sexual touching and rape.

Nahman Mohammad, 31, of West View, Paddock. He is charged with trafficking, sexual assault, and two counts of rape.

Zubair Ahmed, 30, of Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor. He is charged with rape and possession of extreme pornography.

Hamzha Ali Saleem, 37, of Seymour Grove, Old Trafford, Greater Manchester. He is charged with three counts of trafficking.

Hearing due to start

The hearing at Leeds Crown Court is due to get underway shortly