Four arrested over grooming and abduction offences in Rotherham

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Police made four arrests in Rotherham for abduction and grooming offences over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Rotherham’s District Commander, Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, said the suspects were in custody yesterday morning.

No other details have been released.

Police officers in Rotherham are cracking down on child grooming offences in the wake of a Rotherham Council commissioned report on child sexual exploitation, which suggested that 1,400 children were abused in the town between 1997 and 2013 while those in authority turned a blind eye.

Professor Alexis Jay’s report said men of Pakistani heritage had been largely responsible for the child sexual exploitation.

She said Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police failed to tackle the issue at the time because of sensitivities around the ethnicity of the offenders.