Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flat That Was a Sex Gang Hub 'Was Loud as a Club'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flat That Was a Sex Gang Hub 'Was Loud as a Club'

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter ChronicleCourt

AGROOMING gang made life "hell" for a mum and her young son who lived above one of the flats used to host parties where teenage girls were sexually exploited.

The woman was eventually forced to moved out after all-night "sessions" made her feel like she was living next to a bar or nightclub. A court heard the flat, on Joan Street, Benwell, Newcastle, would regularly have Asian men and young white girls there and the disturbances became unbearable.

The mum and her little boy had to put up with the pungent smell of cannabis coming from Nashir Uddin's flat and her son kept waking up thinking there were people in his home due to the noise.

Prosecutor John Elvidge told Newcastle Crown Court: "She described it as like living above a bar or nightclub. The noise became routine; it happened night after night.

"The girls were white and appeared to be 15 or 16, but may have been older. Four to five taxis at a time were in the street and parties went on all night long.

"She could hear the sounds of people having sex.

"She said the flat had a vile, disgusting heavy smell of cannabis coming from it. She saw what appeared to be drug deals outside.

"Her life was affected deeply." Eventually she couldn't take it any more and gave up her home, while Uddin's flat - described as a "hub for the conspiracy" - continued to be used for the parties.

Uddin was one of five men being sentenced yesterday for their roles in Operation Shelter.

Uddin, 35, of Joan Street, Newcastle was sentenced to 11 and a halfyears for conspiracy to incite prostitution for gain, sexual assault, four counts of suppling of drugs, permitting premises to be used to supply drugs and three counts of possession of drugs.

Another member of the gang, Eisa Mousavi, had dealings with the police as early as 2010, before the Newcastle investigation, when police attended a property in Sunderland in response to young women trapped in a bedroom. Officers found four young women in the house, including a 15-year-old.

Mousavi was given a harbouring notice, an official written warning instructing him he was prohibited from associating with that child and would be arrested of he did so. …

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