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Three bailed over child sexual exploitation charges

Three men arrested yesterday as part of an investigation into allegations of child sexual exploitation in Sheffield and Rotherham have been released on bail.

The men, aged 21, 23 and 28-years-old, were arrested on suspicion of committing a number of sexual offences against underage girls between 2005 and 2009 in Sheffield and Rotherham.

The men have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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Three men held in 'exploitation probe' in South Yorkshire

Three men have been arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of child sexual exploitation in Sheffield and Rotherham.

Credit: Press Association

South Yorkshire Police said the men, aged 21, 23 and 28, were arrested today on suspicion of committing a number of sexual offences against underage girls between 2005 and 2009 in the South Yorkshire towns.

The 28-year-old was arrested following a warrant at a property in the Hackenthorpe area of Sheffield. The 21-year-old was arrested in Leeds and the 23-year-old man was arrested in the Arbourthorne area of Sheffield, a spokesman said.

He said the men are currently in police custody and will be questioned by detectives.

Rotherham has been at the centre of huge controversy surrounding children sexual exploitation since the publication of the Jay Report last year which described how more than 1,400 children had been subjected to crimes including rape, grooming and trafficking between 1997 and 2013.

The Casey Report made further withering criticisms of the way in which Rotherham Council and the police dealt with the issue.

Rotherham report author to give evidence

The Government committee looking into child abuse in Rotherham meets again today - almost six months to the day since the scandal broke.

It is the fifth evidence session held by the Commons Select Committee for its inquiry into child sexual exploitation in the town. Louise Casey, the author of a report published earlier this month which concluded that Rotherham council was "not fit for purpose" will be giving evidence this afternoon.

Louise Casey

Ms Casey was asked by the Secretary of State to conduct an independent investigation into children's services at Rotherham Council following the publication of the Jay Report into sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham in September 2014.

Former Rotherham Council leader to face government questions over abuse scandal

The former leader of Rotherham Council is to appear before a government committee to answer questions about his handling of the town's sexual exploitation scandal.

Roger Stone resigned from Rotherham Council last August Credit: Press Association

Roger Stone stepped down last August on the day the Jay report was released claiming at least 1,400 children had been abused in the town. Mr Stone led the council since 2003 and is expected to appear before the committee next month.

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Police release e-fit over attempted burglary

Police have issued an e-fit of a man wanted for an attempted burglary in Rotherham.

Police would like to speak to a man over an attempted robbery Credit: South Yorkshire Police

On Friday, 30 January, between 2 to 2.30pm, two men were seen in the garden of a property in Hoober as the resident returned home in her car.

The woman asked what they were doing and one of the men threatened her with what is reported to be a crowbar.

Both men then left the scene in a silver coloured car and the woman contacted the police. Attempts had been made to force entry into the property.

Bogus builders jailed for defrauding elderly man

Two men have been jailed for defrauding a vulnerable old man from Laughton in Rotherham and pressurising him to withdraw thousands of pounds from his account.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the money was to pay for so-called repairs to his home, which were not needed and never carried out.

Patrick Maughan Credit: South Yorkshire Police
Simon Collins Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Patrick Maughan, who's 29 and from Swindon in Wiltshire, and Simon Collins, who's 30 and from Shiregreen in Sheffield, were both jailed for three years after pleading guilty to fraud at an earlier hearing.

Police were called in July 2014 to a bank in Darnall, Sheffield, following concerns from staff that an elderly man was making requests to withdraw a large sum of money. The court heard it was the third bank he had been driven to.

Investigating officer Inspector Steven Brookes thanked bank staff for taking action.

This was a calculated and extremely well-planned attack by organised thieves on a vulnerable member of the community, who was hoodwinked and browbeaten out of a large proportion of his savings. When we arrived at the man’s home and our investigation began, it was immediately clear that no work needed to be done to the property and this group had taken advantage of an elderly man’s vulnerability for financial gain.

– Inspector Steven Brooke

Rotherham Council cancels civic dinner

Rotherham's Borough Council has taken the decision to scrap their annual civic dinner in the wake of the damning reports into child sexual exploitation in the town. Deputy Mayor, councillor Maggi Clark, announced that it would be "wholly wrong" for the celebration to go ahead after the authority was branded "not fit for purpose" by a report earlier this month. The dinner, usually held in May, is used to announce the Mayor's charitable fundraising campaigns for the coming year.

Man charged with grooming and sexual offences in Rotherham

A man has been charged with child grooming and sexual assault in connection with alleged offences against a 12-year-old girl in Rotherham.

Richard Inkles, 34, from Sheffield, was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault by touching against a child under 13 and one charge of meeting a child following sexual grooming yesterday.

He appeared at Rotherham Magistrates' Court this morning and was remanded in custody to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 25 February.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Rotherham between July and November 2014.

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