Authorities investigating 40 people on suspicion of Rotherham child sex abuse

Dozens of people are being investigated in relation to child sex abuse and child exploitation in Rotherham, the National Crime Agency have announced.

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38 men and 2 women are being investigated. The individuals are from Sheffield, Rotherham, Leeds, Dewsbury and Maidstone in Kent.

They have all been released or bailed as the investigation continues.

The offences being looked at relate to a total of 13 victims relating to alleged abuse between 1997 and 2015.

The NCA’s Carl Vessey-Baitson has said: “Arresting such a large number of individuals as part of one Stovewood sub-operation shows our desire to listen to victims and bring offenders to justice is not wavering.

“Stovewood is a challenging and complex investigation, with victims and survivors re-living abuse that took place many years ago.

“To date we have engaged with over 410 victims and survivors and have arrested or interviewed by appointment 94 suspects, meaning this is the largest law enforcement investigation into non-familial CSAE ever undertaken in the UK.

“Conducting such an investigation can only be achieved with the support and coordination of our partners, and South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council continue to provide invaluable assistance.”

The NCA have identified more than 1,500 potential child sex abuse victims in Rotherham alone. 110 suspects were also identified, 80% of whom were of Pakistani heritage.

In October of last year, 7 men were found guilty of charges ranging from rape to indecent assault and false imprisonment.