Five arrested in probe into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham

Five men have been arrested in Rotherham
Five men have been arrested in Rotherham
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Five men have been arrested in Rotherham as part of a probe into child sexual exploitation in the town.

The men, who were all arrested at separate addresses, were arrested by National Crime Agency officers as part of Operation Stovewood - an independent probe into child sexual exploitation and abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

The men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rape and have been taken to a police station in South Yorkshire to be quizzed.

Operation Stovewood was launched after an independent report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham revealed that 1,400 children were abused by men of largely Pakistani heritage between 1997 and 2013 while those in authority failed to act.

The National Crime Agency said Operation Stovewood has 42 'designated suspects'.

It has made contact with 134 victims of abuse so far and there are 17 separate investigations underway.

Nine people previously arrested as part of Operation Stovewood remain on bail.