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Telford grooming gang ringleader freed


Telford grooming gang leader Ahdel Ali has been released from prison after serving eight years of a 26-year sentence.

He was one of two ringleaders of a sexual grooming gang that preyed on girls as young as 13 in Telford resulting in the Operation Chalice investigation and an independent child sexual exploitation inquiry.

Ali, now aged 32, was released on Wednesday.

Known as Eddie, he was given a 26-year extended sentence – 18 years’ immediate custody with an additional eight-year period on licence after release, meaning he will be subject to monitoring.

Ali’s 36-year-old brother, Mubarek Ali, known as Max, was given 22 years, 14 years’ immediate custody and eight years on licence, for seven offences – four of controlling child prostitution, causing child prostitution and two offences of trafficking in the UK for the purpose of prostitution, involving two of the victims - he too has been released early.

The brothers, then of Regent Street, Wellington, were leading players in the ring and were jailed after an eight-week trial.