Telford grooming gang ringleader will remain behind bars after being denied parole

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A grooming gang leader will stay in jail longer after the parole board refused to release him. Mubarek Ali was jailed in 2012 for 14 years for a series of sex offenses after he and a group of other men, including his brother, attacked young girls in Telford.

In what is believed to be one of the largest West Mercia Police operations in its history, around 50 officers worked on the investigation to dismantle the child prostitution ring. Aged 29 at the time of his crimes, which included policing child prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation, Ali was automatically released halfway through his sentence in 2017, but was fired in prison after violating the conditions of his license just under a year later.

Parole judges said they ‘found no evidence to suggest his level of risk to others had diminished’ and were ‘unconvinced’ he was fit for release, according to a document exposing decision. Now 38, this is his second parole board review since his recall.

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He will be eligible for another parole review before the end of his sentence in October 2032.

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