Rotherham police officer arrested on suspicion of child sex offences

A SOUTH Yorkshire Police officer based in Rotherham has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual offences.

The 49-year-old PC was held on Wednesday after a report to the force’s professional standards department.

The officer, who worked on a response team in Rotherham, has been suspended from duties and an internal misconduct investigation has been launched alongside the criminal investigation.

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A force spokesperson said: “The offences are alleged to have occurred between 2001 and 2005 and were unrelated to the officer’s workplace.

“A mandatory self-referral has been made to the Independent Office of Police Conduct due to the nature of the allegations.”

Det Supt Delphine Waring, SYP’s head of professional standards, said: “We know how shocked our communities will be to hear of this arrest and I’d like to assure members of the public that an investigation was launched as soon as this report was made to us.

“As a force we remain committed to being as open and transparent as possible about our professional standards and these allegations will be thoroughly investigated. 

“We are also ensuring the complainant receives support.”

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