TWENTY-nine “designated suspects and hundreds more potential suspects” have been identified by police investigating historic sexual abuse in Rotherham.
Eighty-two child sexual exploitation survivors have helped police from the National Crime Agency (NCA) uncover 91 “serious sexual offences”.
The information has been released by the NCA as part of its 12-month Operation Stovewood update which is an independent investigation into non-familial child sexual exploitation and abuse in Rotherham between 1997-2013.
Operation Stovewoood covers the geography and time period of the Jay Report.
An NCA spokesman said: “Victim interviews can take many weeks or months to arrange and often have to be conducted over a number of weeks.
“One victim Stovewood interviewed has provided information about nine further victims, 17 witnesses and 40 potential suspects.
“This demonstrates the scale and complexity of sexual abuse under investigation.”
The investigation is being conducted at the request of South Yorkshire Police and is the largest on-going law-enforcement investigation into non-familial CSE in the UK at this time.
We want to continue holding local authorities to account, attending court and council meetings, as well as providing breaking news, competitions and offers – but it costs money. Online advertising does not cover costs, therefore we feel the need to ask for your help in ensuring we can provide the best possible coverage, online and in our printed products.
For as little as £1, you can support the Rotherham Advertiser – and it only takes a minute.
Click here to support local news.