Trio arrested for child abuse

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Three men have been arrested as part of an investigation into historic child sexual exploitation offences in Sheffield and Rotherham.

All of the men are in their 20s, with two arrested in Sheffield and the third in Leeds.

They were arrested yesterday, on suspicion of committing a number of sexual offences against underage girls between 2005 and 2009.

A 28-year-old was arrested following a warrant at a property in Hackenthorpe, while a 23-year-old man was arrested in the Arbourthorne area.

A 21-year-old was also arrested in Leeds.

The men were in police custody last night and were due to be questioned by detectives.

The National Crime Agency is soon due to take over the investigation of historic child sexual exploitation offences related to Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

The organisation is preparing to launch Operation Stovewood, after being invited to take over cases linked to the town in the wake of the Jay Report into child sex exploitation in the borough.