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Woman charged with child sexual exploitation offences

A further woman has been charged with offences relating to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1993 and 1995.

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Shelley Davies, 40, has been charged with conspiracy to procure a child to become a prostitute and unlawful imprisonment. She is jointly charged with conspiracy to rape alongside 52-year-old Qurban Ali, 58-year-old Karen MacGregor and 40-year-old Arshid Hussain, who were charged yesterday.

She has been bailed to appear before Rotherham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday July 7.

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Abuse survivor: You couldn't report it because they wouldd laugh at you

On the day that two police forces in our region were told to improve the way they handled cases involving vulnerable children, a young women, abused from the age of 11, has decided to go public for the first time and speak of her ordeal.

Sarah Wilson from Rotherham was first attacked in a school playground by a man in his thirties, then groomed and systematically abused. She's written a book telling of her life with grooming gangs and how she was ignored by the authorities.

A new report today from her majesty's inspectorate of constabularies has revealed that only a third of 600 child abuse cases were handled to a good standard.

Michael Billington has the story and has been to meet Sarah:

HMIC: Police must reassess approach to child protection

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says police forces must reassess their approach to child protection, in a series of reports published today

A report specifically on the safety of children say the plans of senior officers have failed to result in consistently good services, and investigations, on occasions were poor and plagued by delay.

Drusilla Sharpling, Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, who lead the investigations says forces across the country should learn from the abuse scandal in Rotherham.

Rotherham taxi drivers begin strike action

Taxi drivers in Rotherham have begun strike action over new rules requiring them to install CCTV cameras.

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The rules have been imposed by the council following the Jay report into child sexual exploitation.

Drivers are concerned about the cost of installing and maintaining the cameras.

They are planning a slow drive through the town.

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Police investigate street robbery on 81-year-old

Police are investigating a robbery on an 81-year-old man in Rotherham.

It happened at around 9.30am on Thursday 18 June on Carlise Street when the pensioner was approached by a man who asked him for the time. The man then searched the victim's pockets before pushing him to the ground and running away towards St Anne's Road.

The elderly man suffered a serious head injury in the fall.

The suspect is described as as black in his late teens. He is thought to be approximately 5ft 8ins tall of a slim build with short black hair.

He had a thin face, with stubble and spoke with a foreign accent.

His appearance is described as scruffy and he is thought to have been wearing a black zip up jacket with a lighter coloured top underneath and dirty blue jeans.

Police have asked for anyone with information to contact them.

300 possible sex abuse suspects identified in Rotherham

A new investigation into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham has so far identified around 300 possible suspects, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

NCA's senior investigating officer Steve Baldwin said the 1,400 CSE victims in the town who were identified by Professor Alexis Jay last year in her damning report on what happened in the town was a "very good estimate".

The NCA investigation - Operation Stovewood - began in December after the agency was asked to intervene by South Yorkshire Police.

This followed Prof Jay's report which painted a shocking picture of hundreds of children being raped, trafficked and groomed by mainly Asian gangs in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

The report, which was published in August last year and was highly critical of police and local authority actions over 16 years, shocked the nation and led to a wave of high profile resignations.

Mr Baldwin said his team - currently 32 officers - had identified more than 3,300 lines of inquiry.

He said they had examined 47 boxes of written material, including 1,500 files, from the outreach group Risky Business alone - an organisation which tried to help many of the alleged victims.

The officer confirmed most of the potential suspects were Asian men and most of the victims were white British girls and young women.

The NCA confirmed that two of those under investigation are serving or former Rotherham councillors.

Man charged with child sexual exploitation offences

A 38-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences relating to child sexual exploitation.

Sajid Bostan, has today (Tuesday 23 June) been charged with eleven charges, including unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13, indecent assault and buggery.

It is alleged the offences occurred between 1990 and 2001.

Bostan has been bailed to appear before Rotherham Magistrates’ Court on 25 June.

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