1. ITV Report

Twenty men arrested over child sex abuse allegations

Allegations date back to 2006

Police investigating allegations of child sex exploitation in Calderdale, dating back around 10 years, have arrested 20 men as part of a pre-planned operation.

The men aged 28 – 43 were arrested, and a number of addresses in Calderdale and two in Kirklees searched, following a three day policing operation.

All 20 have been interviewed and released – two on police bail and 18 under investigation pending further enquiries.

The investigation centres on allegations made by one woman of sexual abuse committed against her as child predominantly in the Halifax area between 2006 and 2009.

Detective Inspector Allan Raw, of Calderdale District Safeguarding, said the investigation formed part of West Yorkshire Police’s commitment to the investigation of both current and non-recent sexual offences against children.

These are abhorrent crimes that affect the most vulnerable in our society. Protecting children and ensuring that victims are put at the heart of everything we do and continues to be a top priority for the Force.

We have specialist safeguarding units in each of our five policing districts, which include officers dedicated to dealing with both current and non-recent child sexual exploitation.

We would urge anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, no matter when it took place, 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.

– Detective Inspector Allan Raw