Blackburn imam cleared following child sex arrest

Mufti Ashraf Sidat

A Blackburn imam has been cleared following his arrest in January on suspicion of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Ashraf Sidat, 45, was arrested after he was stopped in the street by members of Justice Will Be Served, a self-styled vigilante group who passed information to police.

However, a spokesman for Greater Manchester police said the Crown Prosecution Service had made the decision to clear Mr Sidat. She said: “The decision has been made to take no further action. The suspect is no longer on bail.”

Following the incident Sidat was suspended from Masjide Noorul Islam, Audley Range, pending an investigation. He was also suspended from The Islamic Educational Society, of which the mosque is a member of.

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