West Yorkshire Police arrest 44 people over allegations of child sexual abuse

Police in West Yorkshire have arrested nearly 50 people during an investigation into historic child sex abuse claims.

In the past fortnight 36 men and 3 women have been arrested in Kirklees, Bradford and Leeds.

On top of that an additional 5 men were arrested at the end of last year.

Detective Inspector Seth Robinson, who is leading the investigation, has said: “Safeguarding and protecting children remains the top priority for West Yorkshire Police. We hope that these recent arrests reassure our local communities that we are wholly committed to tackling child sexual exploitation in Kirklees, both current and non-recent.

“Child sexual abuse and exploitation is an abhorrent and heinous crime and one which affects some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“West Yorkshire Police has specialist safeguarding units across each of the five Districts, which include police officers and detectives dedicated to dealing with both current and non-recent child abuse and child sexual exploitation.

“Tackling child abuse is not something that any one agency can do in isolation; we work closely with local authorities, other organisations and charities to support victims, bring the perpetrators to justice and make our communities safer.

“We would urge anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, whether recent or historic, to report it to the police. Please be assured that you will be listened to, taken seriously and supported by professionals with experience of dealing with these kind of offences.”