A convicted rapist from Rochdale who fled the UK while on bail during his trial in 2015 has been extradited from Pakistan.

Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain, 42, was one of 10 men - mainly of Pakistani or Bangladeshi heritage - sentenced in 2016 for committing sexual offences against a teenage girl in the town.

Hussain, formerly of Mayfield Terrace, was jailed in his absence for 19 years for rape, sexual activity with a child and conspiracy to rape.

He was arrested in Pakistan in January 2019 and held in prison until his extradition on Tuesday.

The white complainant told officers that from the age of 14 she had been repeatedly sexually groomed by a large number of men.

She also said "hundreds of men" would ring her up wanting her to go out and have sex with them.

(top row left to right) Abid Khan, Afraz Ahmed and Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain (middle row left to right) David Law, Kutab Miah and Mahfuz Rahman (bottom row left to right) Mohammed Dauood, Mohammed Zahid and Rehan Ali all committed sexual offences against a teenage girl in Rochdale

The vulnerable teenager came forward following widespread media coverage of the 2012 convictions at Liverpool Crown Court of nine Asian defendants for grooming white girls for sex in Rochdale.

Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Hussain is a sexual predator who mistakenly thought he could flee to another country to live the good life, while his victim was forced to deal with the consequences of his vile actions and robbed of justice.

"His apprehension demonstrates that when it comes to pursuing perpetrators of child sexual exploitation, we will hunt them across the globe if necessary."

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Dr Christian Turner, from the British High Commission in Islamabad, said: "This latest example of close co-operation between the UK's and Pakistan's law enforcement agencies shows there is no escape for those who flee from the law, even across international boundaries.

"Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain will finally face jail for his terrible crimes.

"This is down to the hard work and excellent collaboration between Pakistan and UK authorities, including the Federal Investigation Agency, the Punjab Police, Greater Manchester Police, and teams at the British High Commission in Islamabad."