Rochdale grooming ringleader shops in town where he abused children SIX YEARS after he was supposed to be deported

A CONVICTED grooming gang ringleader goes shopping in the town where he abused kids — despite being told he was going to be deported six years ago.

Qari Abdul Rauf was warned he would be kicked out of Britain after being jailed for his part in the Rochdale scandal, in which dozens of girls as young as 13 were assaulted or raped.

The Muslim preacher and eight other predators got prison in 2012 for appalling abuse, later dramatised in the BBC’s Bafta-winning Three Girls.

Rauf, 51, got six years after being found guilty of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under 16 and trafficking for sexual exploitation.

But after being freed on licence in November 2014 — after just two years and six months in prison — he returned home to his wife and five children.

Rauf and fellow abusers Abdul Aziz, 50, and Adil Khan, 51, were told by the Home Office in July 2015 that they would be stripped of their UK citizenship and returned to their native Pakistan.

They lost an appeal against the citizenship ruling in 2018 but still have the right to challenge the deportation decision.

We pictured Rauf in Rochdale stocking up on food and fizzy drinks at a store, while clutching a food delivery service bag.

An onlooker said: “Perhaps he is working in a takeaway or as a food delivery driver.

“He used to ferry little girls around so his friends could have sex with them.

"Now he delivers fast food. It’s awful to think a victim could bump into him — or he knocks on their door to deliver some food.”

Maggie Oliver, the Greater Manchester Police detective who quit to speak out about failures in dealing with grooming gangs, called it “another kick in the teeth” for the victims after “pitiful” sentences.

Greater Manchester’s deputy mayor for policing and crime, Bev Hughes, said: “The Home Secretary has repeatedly failed to follow through on our appeals to deport these criminals.”

The Home Office said: “The cases of the foreign national offenders involved in these crimes have recently been reviewed at the request of the Home Secretary and we intend to update the victims through the proper channels.”

Help from cop who quit

A WHISTLEBLOWER and ex- detective who spoke out about the Rochdale grooming gangs is setting up a new helpline for survivors of sexual abuse.

Maggie Oliver, 65, who quit Greater Manchester Police in protest at its lack of action, has named the national service Pain into Power.

Maggie, 65, whose story featured in the BBC drama Three Girls, said: “We want to empower survivors, to transform their lives, and to help them look ahead with confidence and know they’re not alone.

“I wanted to create a safe place for them to come and receive non-judgmental support, empathy, kindness and compassion — things they may not have experienced.”

Mum-of-four Maggie quit in 2012. An independent review last year stated that authorities had failed the children.

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