Rotherham man arrested over plot to rape and and indecently assault girl under 16 

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A Rotherham man has been quizzed over a plot to rape and indecently assault a girl under 16.

The 44-year-old man was arrested yesterday by officers from the National Crime Agency on suspicion of conspiracy to rape and conspiracy to indecently assault a girl under the age of 16 between 1997 and 1998.

Rotherham was at the centre of a child sexual exploitation scandal

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He was arrested as part of the NCA’s Operation Stovewood, which is investigating the historic sexual abuse of children in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

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He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

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So far, 156 suspects have been identified and 303 complainants are engaging with officers as part of Operation Stovewood.