Paedophile gang ‘groomed vulnerable young girls through Facebook before plying them with alcohol and raping them’

A gang groomed vulnerable young girls through Facebook before plying them with alcohol and raping them, a court heard yesterday.

Yasir Ali, 28, Daaim Ashraf, 19, Akash Yashin, 18, Mohammed Aslam, 24, and James Daly, 25, were involved in a sex ring spanning five years, it was said.

It was alleged that after messaging their eight female victims, who were between 13 and 16 at the time, over social media, ring leader Ali, along with Ashraf, began grooming them.

The young white girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were encouraged to meet up with the men – four of whom are Pakistani – and were plied with alcohol, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

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