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Derby child sex abuse ring

The Derby child sex abuse ring was a group of men who sexually abused up to a hundred girls in Derby, England. In 2010, after an undercover investigation by Derbyshire police, members of the ring were charged with 75 offences relating to 26 girls. Nine of the 13 accused were convicted of raping girls between 12 and 18 years old; the attacks provoked fierce discussion about sexual exploitation. The thirteen men lived throughout Derby and the police believed they met through a shared attraction for young girls; the leaders were Abid Mohammed Saddique and Mohammed Romaan Liaqat, both married men with young children. They would cruise around the streets of Derby targeting young girls. CCTV footage showed the gang leaders making repeated efforts to entice a pair of girls standing by the side of the road into their car; the police discovered vodka and plastic cups under the car seats. Saddique was accused of having sexual activity with a 12-year-old in Darley Park, Liaqat had sex with a 14-year-old in their vehicle.

After legal proceedings were launched against them and Liaqat grew long beards and adopted Islamic dress. The victims, aged between 12 and 18, were predominantly vulnerable girls from troubled backgrounds, some of them were in care and known to social services; the men would target girls at railway stations, on estates, walking home from school. The gang would first befriend the girls, inviting them out for a drive or a drink and supplied them with alcohol and drugs; the grooming process was intensified, the girls were invited to parties, further meetings were arranged. The girls were driven to secluded areas and were sexually abused and raped; the abuse took place in houses and hotels across the Midlands and the victims' own homes. Two victims were threatened with hammers. Sometimes, up to six men would be involved in the violent assaults, which the gang would film on their mobile phones. Three gang members were filmed having sex with a 14-year-old girl in a hotel room to the sound of noisy cheering.

Some of the girls were locked up to prevent them escaping. A 16-year-old victim stated: "I will never understand what has made them so evil and ignorant that still to this day they think they've not done anything wrong." Derby police were aware of rumours of a paedophile gang operating in the city. On 30 December 2008, Staffordshire police stopped a car on suspicion of shoplifting, carrying three gang members and three young girls; the girls had been reported missing from a care home in Derby. The police drove the girls back to Derby, during the journey, they told the officers about what had been taking place. Derbyshire police force launched an undercover investigation called Operation Retriever, setting up surveillance and tailing the gang's BMW around Derby. Detectives collected DNA samples from several of the crime scenes. Siddique was wearing an electronic tag after a previous conviction for assaulting a woman. On 24 April 2009, two distressed teenagers stumbled out of a flat, under surveillance and said that they had been raped.

The police had been unaware of their presence. The victims told the police of other girls, assaulted, the police soon discovered a campaign of systematic grooming and abuse within the city. Detective Inspector of Derbyshire police, Shaun Dawson, said, "When we arrested them, we had no idea of the scale of this. Once we had them locked up other victims spoke out and it snowballed from there." Debbie Platt, who led the police investigation, said she was shocked at the extent of the abuse and said it was like "a campaign of rape against children." The police stated. The crown prosecution service charged the gang with 75 charges relating to twenty six girls, ranging from rape to intimidating witnesses, though police believed there were many more victims; the men were charged in three separate trials. Abid Mohammed Saddique was jailed for a minimum of 11 years. Three other men were jailed during the investigation, but for charges of perverting the court of justice and cocaine supply This case occurred after other incidents in Rochdale and Rotherham, where Asian gangs British Pakistani men, had been convicted of child grooming and rape.

At the time of the Derby case 50 out of the 56 men convicted in English courts of on-street grooming of girls, the majority from the British Pakistani community. The significance of the race of the abusers was hotly disputed; the Derby police avoided drawing conclusions regarding the ethnicity of the group, one officer observing that the sexual offenders register consisted of "mainly white men." Police suggested that there was a willingness for abusers with shared ethnic backgrounds to work together in gangs, not on their own. The judge in the case agreed that the race of the victims and the abusers was "coincidental" and that the crimes were not racially aggravated. Former home secretary, Jack Straw, said that though there were many white sex offenders, there was a "specific problem" in some areas of Pakistani men targeting "vulnerable white girls", whom they perceived as "easy meat" for sexual abuse, he urged the Pakistani community to be "more open" about the abuse. Former MP and women's campaigner, Ann Cryer, endorsed Straw's comments saying there was a problem that Muslim MPs were not prepared to confront.

Atma Singh, from the Sikh Community Action Network, praised Straw for being "honest" about the "pockets of youngsters in the Pakistani community who treat girls from other communities as'sexual objects'." Children's minister, Tim Lou

Henry Royston

Henry Royston was an English first-class cricketer and cricket umpire. Royston was born at Harrow on the Hill in August 1819. A professional all-round cricketer, he began his 25 year association with the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1843, making his debut in first-class cricket for the club against Hampshire at Lord's. Throughout the 1840s, he played for a number of club sides and played his first-class cricket exclusively for the MCC, except for two appearances for an England XI in 1845 and 1847, he first played for Middlesex in 1850, debuting for the county in first-class matches against Surrey. He made first-class appearances for several other teams, including the Players in the Gentlemen v Players match, for the South in the North v South fixture and for a United England Eleven amongst others, his four appearances for Middlesex were sporadic and spread over a period of twelve years, with his final appearance coming just two years before the formation of Middlesex County Cricket Club. It was for the MCC that he played the vast majority of his first-class matches for, making a total of 51 appearances between 1843–61.

In these matches he scored 974 runs at an average of 12.02, with a high score of 60. Standing 5 foot 6 inches tall and bowling right-arm roundarm slow, he took 91 wickets for the MCC at a bowling average of 11.28, with best figures of 8 for 44. He took ten wickets in a match once, his apearances in club cricket continued into the 1850s and early 1860s, demonstrating that Royston was a sought after player, with him making guest appearances for the personal teams of many leading cricket figures of the day, including Sir Frederick Hervey-Bathurst, Robert Grimston and Roger Kynaston. Besides playing, he was a well known umpire, standing in 133 first-class matches between 1846 and 1872. Away from cricket, Royston was by a confectioner, he died at St John's Wood in September 1873. Henry Royston at ESPNcricinfo