Members of Rochdale grooming gang remain in UK despite threat to deport them

Shabir Ahmed, the ringleader of the Rochdale grooming gang

The Home Office is under pressure to explain why members of the Rochdale grooming gang who preyed on girls as young as 12 have not been deported despite them losing a £1 million taxpayer-funded legal action against their removal.

The four including the ringleader of the gang Shabir Ahmed, 66, received more than £1 million in legal aid in an unsuccessful attempt to fight deportation after they were convicted of serious sex offences against the girls.

However, despite appeal court judges rejecting their claims and ruling they could be stripped of their citizenship and deported, they are still in the UK and apparently not facing removal almost a decade after the scandal.

Ahmed, 66, is serving a...

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