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Five Coventry men have been jailed after they were convicted of serious sexual offences against two girls.
The gang used social media for months to groom the girls online before arranging to meet them with the promise of gifts and shopping trips.
This led to the girls being picked up by taxis and taken to parties, or just dropped off at car parks, where the men would ply them with alcohol and drugs before abusing them.
The five were found guilty of 18 charges of rape, sexual assault and human trafficking against two girls who both gave evidence to the court detailing how they had been targeted.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Green, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, welcomed today’s sentences. He said: "The sexual abuse of young girls is inexcusable.
"The effects can last a lifetime and I am determined that by working with the Horizon Team we can protect other vulnerable young people.
"Our investigation into Waqaar Khan’s network is still on-going and we are continuing to sift through thousands of texts to identify further potential victims and their abusers.
"I hope that these convictions will give others the courage to come forward."
The five men were sentenced as follows:
Khan, Bourne and Kelly will be placed on the Sex Offender Register for life, whilst Woolcock will remain on it for five years.