A BRADFORD man who groomed a young Asian girl on social media before sexually assaulting her has been jailed for six years.

Akif Ali, 24, of Cumberland Road, Lidget Green, pleaded guilty to four sexual offences in June of this year.

He was also given four years extended licence and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Ali, who was already a registered sex offender, targeted the girl, then 15, over a period of months before he met and sexually assaulted her at a location in Bradford in February.

Ali was also convicted of exposing himself to a 16-year-old Asian girl in Horton Park in the same month.

Today, Detective Inspector Vanessa Smith, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: "West Yorkshire Police is committed to investigating all reports of sexual abuse, including online grooming, and we hope that this conviction will encourage other victims to come forward.

"All reports will be investigated sensitively and thoroughly by specially trained officers."