National Crime Agency to examine ‘potentially criminal matters’ from Rotherham Council report

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The National Crime Agency will examine ‘potentially criminal matters’ identified in today’s Rotherham Council inspection report.

The body has made the announcement after the release of a daming report into Rotherham Council which said the authority is in denial about the findings of the Jay Report into child sex abuse and has covered-up the issue.

It also said the council is failing young people and is not fit for purpose.

Operation Stovewood, the National Crime Agency’s independent investigation examining criminal allegations of non-familial child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, is to examine a number of potentially criminal matters identified during a recent inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Communities and Local Government Minister Eric Pickles today informed Parliament of the outcome of an inspection conducted by a team led by Louise Casey. A number of matters have been referred to Operation Stovewood as they potentially fall within its terms of reference

A spokesman for the NCA said: “The NCA can confirm that the matters referred are allegations of potential criminal behaviour. Operation Stovewood is not investigating any misconduct matters.

“Matters of potential misconduct will be referred to the appropriate body.

“For policing, potential misconduct matters will be reported to the Deputy Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, who will determine arrangements for investigation in liaison with the IPCC where appropriate.”

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