Two charged over 26 sexual offences against underage girls in Rotherham

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Two brothers have been charged with a combined 26 sexual offences against underage girls as part of an investigation into child grooming in Rotherham.

Bannaras Hussain, 35, of Bridge Close, Goole, has been charged with 22 offences alleged to have occurred between 1998 and 2002.

The charges against him include three counts of rape, four counts of aiding and abetting rape, nine counts of indecent assault, two counts of assault and four counts of procuring a woman for prostitution.

He will appear before Rotherham Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

His brother Sageer Hussain, 29, who lives at the same address, has been charged with four counts of rape of a girl under 16 in 2003 and will appear in court for the first time on July 9.

The brothers have been charged as part of South Yorkshire Police’s Operation Clover, with 11 other men still on bail in relation to the same investigation.

Martin Tate, senior investigating officer, said: “This is a complex and protracted investigation with a vast amount of work still to do.

“I want to continue to encourage victims of all sexual crime to come forward, it takes huge courage and I would want to reassure anyone who does come forward that their complaints will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.”