Police praised the bravery of the victims of rapist cousins Lucas and Daniel Sienkiewiscz.

As the pair began long sentences behind bars, a top detective thanked the victims for coming forward.

Det Supt Simon Atkinson also thanked a Huddersfield-based help project for their efforts in the case.

Det Supt Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We welcome the significant custodial sentences that these two individuals have been given which reflect the very serious nature of the offences they have committed.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson speaking to the press.
Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson speaking to the press.

“At the ages of 16 and 17, these teenagers have preyed on a number of vulnerable victims in targeted attacks.

“The victims have shown huge courage in coming forward to report these offences and we would like to extend our thanks to the team at the SWEET (Sex Worker Empowerment, Education and Training) project who have supported these women throughout this very difficult time.”

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The project is based at the Hudawi Centre in Great Northern Street. Itwas set up in 2000 and offers support to adults over the age of 19 working in all aspects of the sex industry.

The two cousins, from Poland but living in Crosland Moor, admitted a string of violent sex attacks in Huddersfield in the space of six weeks.

A judge lifted an order granting anonymity to Daniel Sienkiewiscz afetr a request from court reporter Olwen Dudgeon.