Friday, August 29, 2014

Hundreds of suspects being investigated over South Yorkshire child abuse

Lee Crutchley, jailed for 15 years for child abuse last month
Hundreds of people in South Yorkshire are currently under investigation for suspected involvement in child sexual exploitation, it has emerged.

Police have refused to say precisely how many suspects are being investigated - but have revealed the force currently has 173 ‘live’ investigations.

The number includes 32 probes in Rotherham, relating both to historic and current cases.

It comes as the Independent Police Complaints Commission wrote to the force’s chief constable David Crompton to demand any evidence of ‘failures or misconduct’ in relation to the Rotherham abuse scandal is referred to the body.

Details on the number of investigations currently taking place have been revealed after Professor Alexis Jay’s devastating report on Tuesday revealed an estimated 1,400 children had been abused in the town between 1997 and 2013.

Her report said ‘abuse continues to this day’ in Rotherham, with only a small number of abusers being successfully prosecuted so far.  (more...)

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