Huddersfield rape gang jailed for 221 years it can finally be reported

A gang of men who embarked on a ‘campaign of rape and other sexual abuse’ against vulnerable teenage girls in Huddersfield has been been given lengthy jail sentences, it can now be reported.

The ringleader was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison by a judge who told him: ‘Your treatment of these girls was inhuman.’

He is one of 20 men who have been found guilty of scores of offences in a series of trials at Leeds Crown Court.

A series of trials, which have so far resulted in 20 men being convicted and jailed, could not be reported because of a blanket reporting ban imposed a year ago.

The ban was lifted by the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Guy Kearl QC, on Friday.

Three trials at Leeds Crown Court this year have heard how more than a dozen vulnerable teenage girls were groomed and raped in the West Yorkshire town by a number of men.

Those already sentenced have have received prison sentences totalling 221 years. Another four are awaiting sentence.

It was towards the end of the second of these trials, in May, that former EDL leader Tommy Robinson was arrested as he reported about the case live on Facebook from outside the court.

They were all convicted under what became known as Operation Tendersea which looked into sex abuse of girls in Huddersfield between 2004 and 2011.

The offences included rape, trafficking, sexual activity with a child, child neglect, child abduction, supplying drugs and the making of indecent images of children.

The stories of the girls in the Huddersfield prosecution are almost identical to those told in Rochdale, Rotherham, Newcastle, Oxford, Aylesbury, Telford and a host of others places across the country.