Five arrests since shock report into Rotherham sex abuse scandal

Rotherham has been rocked by the child sexual exploitation scandal.
Rotherham has been rocked by the child sexual exploitation scandal.
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Five arrests have been made in Rotherham and 10 people have been interviewed under caution in the wake of the town’s child sex abuse scandal.

South Yorkshire Police released the figure, but did not disclose whether any additional arrests have also been made in Sheffield, Barnsley or Doncaster.

It has revealed that, since publication of Professor Alexis Jay’s report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, the force has received 42 referrals of cases involving children in Sheffield.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Tackling child sexual exploitation and bringing offenders to justice is a priority.

“Our officers will do everything they can with partners to identify offenders and bring them to justice.

“These arrests highlight the action we are taking against people committing sexual offences against children.

“Since 2013, there has been a six-fold increase in staff dedicated to tackling child sexual exploitation, with 62 police officer investigators and a number of police staff and partner agencies dedicated to supporting ongoing investigations. South Yorkshire Police has a dedicated child sexual exploitation team, and in Rotherham there is a Protecting Vulnerable People unit which includes its own local child sexual exploitation team, a child abuse investigation team, adult safeguarding staff and domestic abuse specialists.

“We treat child sexual exploitation with the utmost sensitivity and I urge anyone who has concerns about a child to come forward.

“I want to encourage and empower people to come forward to report dreadful crimes committed against them, in the confidence that they will be listened to, they will be taken seriously, and support and care is available.”

Nationally more than 6,000 children across England have been reported as at risk of child sex exploitation since the beginning of 2013, according to data released by 88 councils.

A Barnsley Council spokesman said: “Like every other local authority in the country there will be young people being exploited and at risk of exploitation.

“Like every other local authority Barnsley is taking the necessary steps to respond to both situations in the most appropriate and proportionate manner available.”