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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
A Rotherham MP is due to repay £17 in expenses for a poppy wreath.
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.
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.
A former mayor of Rotherham has pleaded not guilty to child sex charges at Sheffield Crown Court.
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.
Roger Stone says accusation of sexism and bullying was made by 'a small number of people' and he had to get things done.
Stone: "I'm not a racist". Denies he was giving jobs to councillors from Pakistani heritage community to 'cover up' his alleged racism.
Stone asked if there was racism among councillors. "Possibly", he says, "concerns about immigrants in the town"
Stone denies closing down 'risky business', a council service helping vulnerable children. Says it was just absorbed into other council work
Stone: 'at the end of it all, whether it was more or less than 1400 girls, one is too many'
Roger Stone says police didn't want council to discuss the cases of child abuse
Roger Stone says council didn't discuss child sexual exploitation in early 2000s, but child grooming/child prostitution.
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.
Roger Stone hits back saying he still hasn't even had a copy of the Jay Report, which first documented scale of abuse in Rotherham
Roger Stone says nobody had time to see or read the Jay report before it was presented to media and he disagrees with parts of it
As for the Louise Casey report which followed the Jay Report, Stone says he 'doesn't like it'. Doesn't trust people who did the report.
The former leader of Rotherham Borough Council will appear before members of the Communities and Local Government committee today.
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.