Man arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnap and false imprisonment of girl in Rotherham

Alexis Jay published a report on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham in 2014
Alexis Jay published a report on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham in 2014
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnap and false imprisonment as part of an investigation into historic child sexual exploitation offences in Rotherham.

The 62-year-old, from Rotherham, was arrested as part of the National Crime Agency’s ‘Operation Stovewood’ investigation.

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He was arrested yesterday and later released under investigation.

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Operation Stovewood was launched following the publication of a report in 2014 which claimed 1,400 children has been groomed and abused by men of predominantly Pakistani heritage while those in authority failed to act.

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There are currently 22 separate investigations under the Stovewood umbrella, with 153 suspects identified and 300 complainants engaging with officers.

A total of 24 suspects have been charged and 15 have now been arrested and bailed or released under investigation.