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Mohammed Amin received a five-year sentence for sexual assault and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children.Another five-year sentence was given to Abdul Qayyum for conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children while Hamid Safi received four years for trafficking for sexual exploitation and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children.Of the three not convicted, one was cleared of all charges, the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of the second, and the third was not present at the trial after fleeing to Pakistan while on bail.The men were aged between 24 and 59 and all knew each other.He said the investigation was at "an extremely sensitive stage" and street grooming was the force's top priority, "a bigger priority than gun crime".He said the investigation was looking at cases in Rochdale dating back to 2003.Ann Cryer, Labour MP for Keighley, recalled in a BBC documentary filmed in 2012 that she had worked with the families of the victims involved, and had been "round at the police station virtually every week" and was "begging" both the police and social services to do something.Cryer said, "Neither the police nor social services would touch those cases.

As a result of the CPS dropping the case, the police halted their investigation, which was resumed when a second girl made complaints of a similar nature in December 2009.Kabeer Hassan was sentenced to nine years for rape and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children.Abdul Aziz received a similar sentence nine years (concurrently) for trafficking for sexual exploitation and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children.Operation Doublet was launched at the same time as an investigation into child grooming and sexual abuse in the region.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said that about 550 officers were working on Operation Doublet in May 2013.

The victims, vulnerable teenagers from deprived, dysfunctional backgrounds, were targeted in "honeypot locations" where young people congregated, such as takeaway food shops.