Two men and two teenage boys have appeared in court charged with serious sexual offences involving children.
Bilal Ahmed, 20, from Stoke-on-Trent, was charged with rape and causing/inciting the sexual exploitation of a child.
Kashif Ahmed, 18, from Stoke-on-Trent, was charged with two counts of rape, causing/inciting the sexual exploitation of a child, concerned in the supply crack cocaine, concerned in the supply of heroin and concerned in the supply of a controlled drug of class B – cannabis.
A 17-year-old boy, from Stoke-on-Trent, was charged with rape and causing/inciting the sexual exploitation of a child.
They all appeared at court on Friday (10 May).
A 15-year-old boy, from Stoke-on-Trent, was also charged with rape, causing a female over 13 to engage in penetrative sexual activity and sexual assault. He appeared in court on Saturday (11 May).
The arrests were part of a pre-planned operation by the force’s Child Protection and Exploitation Team in Stoke-on-Trent which took place on Thursday (9 May).
All four have all been remanded and are next due to appear at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on 10 June.
Staffordshire Police has said that it takes all reports of sexual offences seriously and has a team of specially-trained detectives and social workers to support victims and those in need.
Detectives say anyone who has concerns should contact 101; and victims will be treated with sensitivity, compassion and respect.