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More than 100 complaints against 42 officers after Rotherham report, says police watchdog

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has expanded its investigation into South Yorkshire Police’s handling of reported child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The police watchdog has received more than 100 allegations against 42 named police officers, both retired and serving, as well as a number of allegations against officers whose identities are currently unknown.

It says work is underway to establish the identity of the unknown officers and to identify any links between the different complaints and incidents is ongoing.

Health warning issued as Rotherham among highest at risk from 'toxic' smog

Britain has been placed on a health alert because a potentially dangerous cloud of air pollution is blowing over the country, with Rotherham expected to be one of the places most at risk.

Rotherham will be one of the places hit worst by air pollution

Experts said the smog could cause fatal asthma attacks and have warned the elderly and those with health problems to be cautious.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said air pollution was blowing in from Europe and mixing with home-grown smog to create the problem.

South Yorkshire will reach level 7 on the air pollution index Credit: Defra

Officials warned this could trigger health difficulties for those with respiratory illnesses and the elderly, although it does not pose a health threat for the general population.

Large parts of England will see air pollution climb to moderate levels today while parts of the north will see it hit nine out of 10.

Rotherham is the main area hit by air pollution in the region Credit: Defra

A Defra spokeswoman said: "Winds bringing in pollution from the continent, combined with locally generated pollution and still weather conditions has led to some high pollution measurements across the UK.

A Met Office spokeswoman said high pressure and very few winds is causing the pollution patch to hang around.

Kay Boycott, chief executive of Asthma UK, warned asthmatics to:

  • Check air pollution forecasts
  • Carry their reliever inhaler with them at all times
  • Ensure they take their preventer inhaler every day


Government report highlights Ofsted failings in Rotherham

Education watchdog Ofsted failed to detect evidence of child abuse in Rotherham, according to a government report released today.

Ofsted say they welcome the report and have made changes but the Communities and Local Government Select Committee said the watchdog had focused on appearance and paperwork instead of examining whether children were being properly protected by authorities in the town.

The committee chairman, Clive Betts MP, says authorities in the town were not investigated properly by Ofsted:

Rotherham MP to repay £17 poppy wreath claim

A Rotherham MP is due to repay £17 in expenses for a poppy wreath.

Labour backbencher Sarah Champion Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Labour backbencher, Sarah Champion, has admitted the claim on Remembrance Day last year should "never have been made".

It was paid by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority despite reimbursement for such items being banned under the rules.

The details came out in the latest run of MP's expenses released by the watchdog last week.

Man charged with alleged witness intimidation over child sexual exploitation

A 21-year-old man has been charged with witness intimidation in connection with on-going enquiries into allegations of non-recent child sexual exploitation.

Christopher Whiteley, from Sheffield, will appear before the town's Magistrates' Court this morning.

A number of people have been arrested in connection with allegations of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and Sheffield and remain on police bail.

Former Rotherham Mayor pleads not guilty to child sex charge

A former mayor of Rotherham has pleaded not guilty to child sex charges at Sheffield Crown Court.

Former Rotherham Mayor pleads not guilty to child sex charge

Barry Dodson, 67, is charged with an indecent assault alleged to have happened in 1987.

He stepped down as Mayor of Rotherham last year after the allegations were made, just three weeks into his term.

The trial is set to begin in August.


Racism among councillors 'possible', says former council leader

Roger Stone: Police did not want council to discuss abuse

Former council leader claims not to have seen abuse report

The former leader of Rotherham Council has told MPs that he is yet to receive a copy of the Jay Report which revealed 1,400 children had been abused in the town.

Roger Stone resigned as leader last year following the publication of the report.

Former Rotherham Council leader to face government questions over abuse scandal

The former leader of Rotherham Borough Council will appear before members of the Communities and Local Government committee today.

Roger Stone Credit: Press Association

Roger Stone stepped down last August on the day the Jay report was released, which claimed at least 1,400 children had been abused in the town.

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