Police paid child rapist to infiltrate sex-grooming gang

Frederick Owens
August 10, 2017

The 17 men and one woman were involved in supplying the girls with drink and drugs and then sexually abusing some of them.

The trials have been underway for two years but there were reporting restrictions to prevent any of the cases falling through.

The informant was recruited by Northumbria Police to work on an undercover operation, one strand of which, known as Operation Shelter, has just finished going through the courts and led to the conviction of 18 members of an Asian grooming gang which targeted underage girls and vulnerable young women in Newcastle between 2010 and 2014.

"What we've ended up doing here is putting risky men behind bars and protecting vulnerable women and girls that we simply wouldn't have been able to do if we didn't have that jump off point we got [from the information]", he said.

Defending the deployment, chief constable Steve Ashman told a news conference: "It's a decision that we've had to wrestle with ourselves but I can categorically state sitting here today that there are risky men behind bars now and vulnerable people protected that would not have been the case had we not used that informant".

During the trials, it was heard that Northumbria Police recruited a sex offender years after he drugged an underage girl and invited another man to rape her after he had done so.

Northumbria Police wanted him to help in an investigation into child exploitation in Newcastle.

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An Indian-origin man is among 18 people convicted of child sex offences by a United Kingdom court on Wednesday.Prabhat Nelli is among mostly Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish-origin men found guilty of involvement in a sex grooming network in the town of the Newcastle in north-east England.

During the proceedings in October and November, more than 20 prosecution and defence barristers in wigs were in court arguing whether the cases of more than 10 men should be thrown out.

Defending barristers argued that the public's confidence in the justice system would be undermined if the trials went ahead, given that the rapist XY had acted as an informant, formally known as a Covert Human Intelligence Source, or "CHIS".

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The people that XY informed on.

The startling information about XY came out during pre-trial hearings in Newcastle which attempted, but failed, to halt prosecutions against a number of men accused of a range of serious offences including drug dealing and sexually abusing girls.

The informant, who is on the Sex Offenders' Register, was later told he would face no action after he took part in an identity parade.

Badrul Hussain, 37 - convicted of supplying drugs - once told a Tyne and Wear Metro ticket inspector who caught him fare-dodging: 'All white women are good for one thing, for men like me to f*** and use as trash'. "I have not been able to", Mr Patton added.

David Hislop QC, representing another defendant, said XY had 13 previous convictions, including 26 offences of dishonesty.

During legal submissions, XY gave evidence to the court and made a series of lurid allegations against the police, including claims of racism and that he was asked to plant drugs.

XY said he was recruited because he acted as an informal taxi driver for some of the defendants.

A judge rejected his evidence in its entirety, describing it as "inherently unreliable" and "clearly dishonest".

NSPCC spokesman Jon Brown said: "It beggars belief that they thought it was okay to put an individual who clearly still represented a risk in contact with vulnerable children".

He said: "The thought process... beggars belief, we just don't understand it. Questions need to be answered".

It came under the umbrella of Operation Sanctuary which dealt with cases in the wider Northumbria Police force area.

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