More complainants come forward following successful prosecution of Rotherham child sex grooming gang

More complainants have come forward to report sex offences after four men and one woman were jailed over dozens of offences against Rotherham children.

Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 9:16 am
Updated Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 9:21 am
Members of a sex grooming ring in Rotherham

South Yorkshire Police said they came forward to report offences after five people were jailed for a total of 102 years last week for offences including rape.

Detective Superintendent Natalie Shaw, who runs South Yorkshire Police’s Protecting Vulnerable People Unit, said: “It is incredibly encouraging to learn that victims and survivors are becoming more confident and reassured by the police response to child sexual exploitation and that they now feel able to come forward and share their experiences with us.

“Those who have come forward in the last few days will begin receiving support from not only police, but a wide range of other agencies including the local authority and the voluntary sector.

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“We are determined to bringing the perpetrators of these vile crimes against children to justice.

“To victims out there yet to come forward, who may still be suffering abuse now, I’d urge you to make contact with police so we can give you the support you need.”

Last week Arshid Hussain, aged 40, of East Cowick, Goole, was jailed for 35 years for a string of sex offences against children.

His brothers Basharat Hussain, 38, of no fixed address, and Bannaras Hussain, 36, from Bridge Close, Goole, got 25 years and 19 years respectively.

Their uncle, Qurban Ali, 53, of Clough Road, Masbrough, Rotherham, was jailed for 10 years.

Female accomplice Karen MacGregor, 58, of Barnsley Road, Wath, was jailed for 13 years while Shelley Davis, 40, of Wainwright Road, Kimberworth Park, was given an 18 month suspended sentence.

Sheffield Crown Court heard they were part of a sex grooming gang which preyed on vulnerable children who were subjected to horrific sex attacks.