Detective welcomes sentencing of sexual predator Mohammed Khubaib

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The detective who lead the investigation into Mohammed Khubaib has welcomed the 13 year sentence given to the predator.

Detective Superintendent Gary Ridgway, who has lead Operation Erle, which brought 10 sexual offenders from Peterborough to justice, said the result represented justice for the victims of Khubaib’s crimes.

This represents justice for young people who had the courage to stand up in court and relive some very difficult experiences. Without this we could not have achieved this result.

Det Sup Gary Ridgway

Det Sup Ridgway said: “The sentence passed today shows just how serious this type of offence is and that if we work together agencies can achieve really good outcomes.

“Once again this represents justice for young people who had the courage to stand up in court and relive some very difficult experiences. Without this we could not have achieved this result.

“This is another example of how determined we are to tackle sexual exploitation of the vulnerable and will continue to work with social care agencies to identify those at risk and keep them safe from harm.”

Operation Erle was launched two and a half years ago, and while the sentencing of Khubaib has brought an official end to the operation, work is still ongoing to protect youngsters in the city from sexual offences.

Det Sup Ridgway said: “Sentencings of this type are never cause for a celebration. The victims are at the heart of this case. The sentencing is not only a recognition of the most serious offence of rape, but also recognition of behaviour where men pick up young girls and get them drunk in order to sexually exploit them.

“This sentence sends a powerful message to the victims and other young people, that this behaviour is not the norm.

“I have had the privilege of speaking to some of the victims of Khubaib at court today. I was immensely impressed with their determination not to let this hold them back, and I do hope this sentence is part of the path of putting these offences behind them.

“This operation has been a determined effort by police and the local authority to stop sexual exploitation.

“We knew it existed in Peterborough, and we worked with the NSPCC, safeguarding board and the council to catch men who are offending.

“We are continuing to work to prevent sexual exploitation. We are working to educate taxi drivers to make sure they know what to look out for, and working with schools to teach youngsters what is an appropriate relationship.”

Det Sup Ridgway said a number of enquiries and investigations were still ongoing in relation to sexual offenders in Peterborough.

The Peterborogh Telegraph learnt of allegations against Khubaib while early investigations were still ongoing, but after speaking with officers decided not to publish early court hearings for the benefit of the investigation.

Det Sup Ridgway said: “I want to thank The Peterborough Telegaraph and the team. There were opportunities where information could have been put in the public domain early in the investigation. We had been working with the victims for many months to give them the confidence to stand up in court. The Peterborough Telegraph’s sensitive reporting allowed us to continue that work.”

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