Rotherham man arrested over rape of teenage girl

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape
A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape
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A Rotherham man has been arrested on suspicion of rape as part of a police probe into child sexual exploitation in the town.

He was arrested in Rotherham yesterday afternoon on suspicion of raping a girl under the age of 16.

The arrest by National Crime Agency officers forms part of Operation Stovewood - an investigation into child sexual exploitation and abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

The operation was launched following the publication of a report in 2014 into child sexual exploitation in the town over the 16-year period.

It concluded that around 1,400 children had been exploited and abused by men of largely Pakistani heritage while those in authority turned a blind eye.

So far four arrests have been made as part of Operation Stovewood.

Officers currently have 33 suspects.