08:41 Tuesday 21 January 2014

Man, 22, held at airport over child sex claim

Written bySARAH BOULD

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A 22-YEAR-OLD Burton man has appeared in court on child grooming charges.

Haroon Hafeez, of Shobnall Street, was arrested by police at Birmingham Airport as he arrived back in the country.

He appeared at Cannock Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with three offences of engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15.

He did not enter a plea and is next due to appear at Stafford Crown Court on February 10.

Hafeez was one of six men arrested in police raids in November, aimed at alleged sexual offences, grooming and blackmail against a young girl.

The raids were part of a co-ordinated operation involving local policing teams and the child exploitation unit from Staffordshire Police.

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