Grooming gang leader spotted shopping in Rochdale where he abused children

Pictured: Abdul Rauf has been pictured in Rochdale six years after the Home Office said he would be deported following his conviction for child sex offences

Pictured: Abdul Rauf has been pictured in Rochdale six years after the Home Office said he would be deported following his conviction for child sex offences

Pictured: Abdul Rauf has been pictured in Rochdale six years after the Home Office said he would be deported following his conviction for child sex offences

The convicted ringleader of a grooming gang has been pictured in Rochdale where he abused children – six years after he was due to be deported.

Abdul Rauf was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in the trafficking and sexual abuse of girls as part of the Rochdale scandal in 2012.

The 51-year-old was released in 2014 having served just two years and six months of his sentence and was warned he could be deported.

In 2015, the Home Office told Rauf and two other members of the child grooming gang – Abdul Aziz and Adil Khan – that they would be stripped of their citizenship and returned to their native Pakistan.

Abdul Aziz carried the more sinister title of ‘the master’ and is a father of three. He was originally sentenced to nine years for trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sex with a child. 

Adil Khan was given eight years for conspiracy and trafficking a 13-year-old girl who fell pregnant.

The three men appealed but were told by the courts in 2018 that the decision regarding their citizenship stands. It is understood they still have the right to appeal the deportation decision.

Pictures showed Rauf shopping in Rochdale and he appeared to be carrying an insulated food delivery bag suggesting he may be a courier. Pictured: Abdul Rauf in Rochdale back in 2019

Pictures showed Rauf shopping in Rochdale and he appeared to be carrying an insulated food delivery bag suggesting he may be a courier. Pictured: Abdul Rauf in Rochdale back in 2019

Pictures showed Rauf shopping in Rochdale and he appeared to be carrying an insulated food delivery bag suggesting he may be a courier. Pictured: Abdul Rauf in Rochdale back in 2019

Now, six years after they were warned they could be deported, Rauf has been pictured by the Sun shopping for food and drink in Rochdale. 

He appeared to be carrying an insulated bag for a takeaway delivery service.

Maggie Oliver, the Greater Manchester Police detective who resigned to speak out about failures in dealing with grooming gangs, told the Sun it was ‘another kick in the teeth’ for the victims after ‘pitiful’ sentences.

A Home Office spokesman said case had ‘recently been reviewed’ and that ‘the victims through the proper channels’.

In 2017 the men had appealed against moves by the Government to strip them of their British citizenship.

But in 2018 their claims were dismissed on all grounds by the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

Pictured: Adil Khan and Abdul Aziz were both also told they would be stripped of their citizenship in 2015. As of 2019, they were still living in Britain along with Abdul Rauf

Pictured: Adil Khan and Abdul Aziz were both also told they would be stripped of their citizenship in 2015. As of 2019, they were still living in Britain along with Abdul Rauf

Pictured: Adil Khan and Abdul Aziz were both also told they would be stripped of their citizenship in 2015. As of 2019, they were still living in Britain along with Abdul Rauf

The then home secretary Theresa May ruled in 2015 that all three men – who have dual British and Pakistani nationality – should have their names deleted from the roll of British citizens. 

Lord Justice Sales said that what they and others did to vulnerable girls in Rochdale amounted to ‘serious organised crime’.

Gerald Clifton, the judge who jailed them at Liverpool Crown Court in May 2012, said victims were ‘raped callously, viciously and violently’.

As revealed by the Mail in June 2019, four of the group were still living in Britain, with no signs of any being prepared for deportation to Pakistan.

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