Religious teacher from Blackburn re-bailed after arrest on suspicion of inciting child sexual activity

Mufti Ashraf Sidat

A prominent religious teacher from Blackburn has been re-bailed following his arrest on suspicion of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Mufti Ashraf Sidat, 45, was arrested on suspicion of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity on Thursday 11 January.

His bail was initially extended until Wednesday 11 April.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “He has been re-bailed but we do not have the date to at this time.”

Police were called to Roedean Gardens at 9.50am on January 11 to a report of child grooming.

Sidat had been suspended from Masjide Noorul Islam, Audley Range, pending an investigation.

He has also been suspended from The Islamic Educational Society, of which the mosque is a member of.

The arrest came after Mr Sidat was stopped in the street by members of Justice Will Be Served, a self-styled vigilante group who passed information to Greater Manchester Police.

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