Rochdale child abuse arrests
Afraz Ahmed is due to appear in court charged with sex offences against teenage girlsGetty

Afraz Ahmed is today (11 March) due to appear in court charged with a slew of sex offences including rape against two teenage girls in Rochdale.

The 32-year-old, of Oswald Street, Rochdale is accused of three counts of rape and two counts of sexual activity with a child. He was arrested by Greater Manchester Police as part of Operation Doublet into widespread child exploitation in the town between 2003 and 2013.

He has also been charged with one count of rape and two counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of conspiracy to commit rape against a further victim.

He is due to appear at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates' Court today.

Earlier this month, Manchester Police charged 10 men with child sexual exploitation in Rochdale. The charges, which related to offences committed against seven victims aged between 13 and 23, are alleged to have happened between 2005 and 2013.

They include rape, conspiracy to rape, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity with a child and sexual assault.

Visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk for information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sex exploitation and what to do about it.