Man charged in Rotherham child sexual exploitation investigation to be kept in custody - as new arrest made

Rotherham. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
Rotherham. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

A man charged with a string of child sexual exploitation offences in Rotherham is to be kept in custody until his next court appearance in Sheffield.

Bannaras Hussain, of Bridge Close, Goole, has been charged with 22 offences allegedly committed against a girl under the age of 16 between 1998 and 2002.

He appeared at Rotherham Magistrates Court this morning and was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Sheffield Crown Court on June 24.

Hussain was charged as part of Operation Clover, a joint investigation by South Yorkshire Police in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the Crown Prosecution Service.

He is accused of 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.

His brother Sageer Hussain, 29, of the same address, has also been summoned to court for four counts of rape of a girl under 16 in 2003.

He will appear Rotherham Magistrates Court on July 9.

It comes as another man was arrested in connection with same operation.

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a girl aged under 13 in Rotherham in 2001.

The man, from north Nottinghamshire, is currently being interviewed by detectives after being arrested this morning.

A further 11 men remain on bail in relation to the Operation Clover investigation.

The operation is one of a number of non-recent child sexual exploitation investigations in Rotherham between 1990 and 2003.