LIVE: Men stand trial at Old Bailey for alleged child sexual exploitation offences

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Reporter Hayley O’Keeffe will be covering the Old Bailey trial of 11 men, charged with a string of serious child sexual offences.

Click on the link to follow our live coverage of the first days of the trial, which came about after last September’s Operation Articulate raids.

Vikram Singh, 45, Faisal Iqbal, 31, Arshad Jani, 32, Akbari Khan, 35, Taimoor Khan, 28 and Sohail Qamar, 40, all from Aylesbury will start their trial on Monday, the proceedings are expected to take eight weeks.

Jerome Joe, 35, from Buckingham and Asif Hussain, 32, from Milton Keynes also face charges which were brought about after last September’s Operation Articulate raids.

Three other defendants from Hayes, Chesham and Bradford respectively will also appear.

Jurors are being sworn in towards the end of this week, with opening statements expected to be delivered on Monday morning.

Aylesbury defendent Farrukh Bashir had charges of rape against a girl aged 13 to 15, arranging and facilitating the prostitution or involvement in pornography of a child aged 13 to 17, and a charge of conspiracy to rape a girl aged 13 to 15 dropped, and will face no further action.

All of the charges faced by the men relate to allegations made by two victims, who were aged under 16 when the alleged offences occurred between January 2006 and December 2012.