Man charged as part of investigation into Child Sexual Exploitation

Operation Clover is a joint investigation by South Yorkshire Police in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the Crown Prosecution Service. It is one of a number of non-recent child sexual exploitation investigations in Rotherham between 1990 and 2003.

Bannaras Hussain, of Bridge Close, Goole, has today been charged with a total of 22 offences against girls under the age of 16 spanning a period of four years between 1998 and 2002. His charges 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.

His brother Sageer Hussain, 29, of the same address has been summoned to court for four counts of rape in 2003 of a girl under 16. Bannaras, 35, will appear before Rotherham Magistrates Court tomorrow, Wednesday 10 June, while his brother will appear before the same court on 9 July.

The Senior Investigating Officer Martin Tate said today “This is a complex and protracted investigation with a vast amount of work still to do. Eleven other men remain on bail in connection with this investigation.

“ 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.”

Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Always call 999 in an emergency. You can also report child sexual exploitation online through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.