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Judge bans five men from approaching girls

A High Court judge has banned five men from approaching girls in public places after Birmingham social workers and police raised concerns about the welfare of a vulnerable teenager who is in local authority care.

Mr Justice Keehan has granted short-term injunctions against the men following the launch of civil court litigation by social services bosses.

The judge, who has heard evidence at family court hearings in Birmingham, UK, made orders after being told how the teenage girl who was the focus of concern had been found at a hotel with different men at different times.

Police are investigating and have made arrests.

The judge has ruled that the youngster cannot be identified in media reports.

The injunctions bar the men from contacting, approaching or following the vulnerable teenager and from approaching “any female under 18”, with whom they are not personally associated, in public places.

One of the men complained that his arrest had been unfair, when he appeared at the latest court hearing.

He said people thought “that is what Asians are doing” because of “what goes in the news”.

Mr Justice Keehan is due to hear more evidence at a trial in London next month before deciding whether injunctions need to be long-term.

He has ruled that the men cannot be identified at this stage of the litigation. But hearings have been held in public and he has indicated that he might reveal identities if long-term injunctions are imposed.