A BARNSLEY man has been charged with the reported rape of an 11-year-old girl.

It’s reported that at around 11.30pm on Sunday, a young girl was raped inside a property on Spencer Street, Barnsley.

Ziad Taibi, of Spencer Street, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of rape and engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a girl under 13, and was yesterday charged with both offences.

He has been remanded in police custody and will next appear before Sheffield Crown Court on October 12.

A police spokesperson said: “The victim is receiving support from specialist officers and enquiries are ongoing.

“If you have any information which could assist our officers, you can contact us via our new online live chat, our online portal or by calling 101.

“Please quote incident number 839 of September 11 when you get in touch.”