Man arrested over alleged child sex abuse in Sheffield

Officers investigating historic child sexual abuse in South Yorkshire have arrested two men.

Thursday, 10th December 2020, 5:15 pm

Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Leicestershire Police arrested a 37-year-old man in Leicester on suspicion of arranging or facilitating another to commit rape between May and August 2004 in Sheffield.

A 73-year-old man was also detained in Rotherham on Thursday morning on suspicion of ten offences alleged to have taken place between 2005 and 2015.

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Both men are now being questioned.

The NCA said the arrests have been made as part of Operation Stovewood, which is investigating allegations of child sexual abuse in and around Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

Philip Marshall, the NCA’s senior investigating officer for Operation Stovewood, said: “Officers continue to make good progress on Operation Stovewood with more than 170 arrests now made.

“I hope this continued activity sends out a message to victims that we are taking allegations seriously.

“We encourage all victims to come forward and give their accounts in the knowledge they will be listened to and they will supported throughout.

“If you believe that you were a victim of child sexual abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 or might have information that might assist our investigations then please contact us,” he added.

Operation Stovewood is the single largest law enforcement investigation into non-familial child sexual abuse in the UK.

Potential victims and witnesses can contact the team via the NCA website – www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/Stovewood.

All information will be treated in confidence, a spokesperson for the NCA said.

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