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Six arrested in connection with crowd trouble at Rotherham match

Six people have been arrested in connection with the disorder at the Rotherham United and Millwall FC game earlier this year.

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A 43-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy from Rotherham were arrested on Wednesday 15 April on suspicion of violent disorder.

They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

On Thursday 16 April, officers from the Metropolitan Police Service made a number of arrests in the London area.

Four men, aged between 16 and 47-years-old, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

The arrests are in connection with a match between Rotherham United and Millwall FC at the New York Stadium in February.

After Rotherham scored in the 85th minute of the game, a number of supporters attempted to gain access to supporters in other parts of the ground.

Several stewards were reportedly attacked, leading to additional police resources being deployed to restore order.

As fans left the ground, there was further disorder. A number of stewards and police officers sustained minor injuries during the incident.

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Police issue e-fit after knifepoint robbery

Police in Rotherham have released an e-fit following an alleged knifepoint robbery in Swallownest.

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Three men were who were sat in a car in Wharton Avenue, Swallownest, at around 8pm on Monday 23 March reported the incident.

It is alleged that they were approached by an unknown man, who opened the car door and threatened the men with a hunting knife, before stealing their mobile phones and running off in the direction of the junction of Aughton Lane.

The unknown man is described as mixed race, aged between 18 and 29-years-old. He was believed to be around 5ft 8ins tall of medium build with a scruffy stubble beard.

He was thought to be wearing a black hooded puffa jacket and a black beanie hat.

South Yorkshire Police dealing with 193 child sexual abuse investigations

Detectives in South Yorkshire are dealing with 193 live investigations into child sexual exploitation.

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Latest figures show there are 57 cases under investigation in Doncaster, 50 in Rotherham, 48 in Sheffield and 38 in Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Police also say that between April 2014 and March this year there were 276 offences recorded by the force - 79 in Doncaster, 73 in Sheffield , 72 in Rotherham and 52 in Barnsley.

Of the 276 offences 71 have led to suspects being charged, cautioned or summoned to court - 21 in Doncaster, 19 in Sheffield, 17 in Barnsley and 14 in Rotherham.

The force has also said that over the last 12 months it has been contacted 743 times by people with concerns about child abuse.

Police appeal after robbery in Rotherham

Police in Rotherham have appealed for witnesses following an alleged street robbery involving two teenagers.

The incident occurred at around 7.30pm on Sunday 22 March when two boys, aged 15 and 14-years-old, were walking along Union Street in Rotherham.

It is reported that two vehicles, described as a white or silver BMW and a black car, pulled up at the side of the road and a group of men got out.

The men, who are described as Asian, allegedly threatened the teenagers with a knife and baseball bat.

Both boys were taken to hospital where they were treated for cuts to the hands.

During the incident, it is alleged that a Gucci gold watch and pair of trainers were stolen.

Police appeal after armed robbery in Rotherham

Police in Rotherham are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery.

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At 3.30pm yesterday (Wednesday), police received reports that two unknown men had entered the Mini-Market on Wingfield Road in Rotherham, allegedly armed with a small handgun.

It is thought that the two men, who were wearing balaclavas, demanded cash from the till before leaving the store.

No one was injured during the incident.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area around that time.

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Police officer charged over indecent images granted bail

A police officer accused of possessing nearly 1,500 indecent images has been granted unconditional bail ahead of an appearance at Sheffield Crown Court later this month.

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PC Lee Lucas entered no plea in front of magistrates this morning. The 39-year-old will now appear at the crown court on April 23.

He is charged with 16 counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

Police officer due in court over possession of indecent images

An officer from South Yorkshire Police is due to appear in court today in connection with the possession of indecent images.

Lee Lucas

PC Lee Lucas, 38, has been served with a summons to appear at Sheffield Magistrates' Court in connection with 16 counts of possession of indecent images of children.

The officer who was based in Rotherham, has been suspended from his duties as the investigation continues.

Surge in sex abuse cases reported to South Yorkshire Police

Reports of child sex abuse have risen by more than 60% in the last four years, with a huge surge in cases reported to South Yorkshire Police.

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Freedom of Information data obtained by shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper show there were 8,892 reports to police forces in 2014, up from 5,557 in 2011 according to the Guardian newspaper.

But over the same period the number of arrests for child sex offences fell by 9%, from 3,511 in 2011 to 3,208 last year.

The data, based on responses from 33 of 41 forces in England and Wales, showed South Yorkshire Police with the biggest rise in reported cases, the paper said, with a 577% increase from 74 in 2011 to 501 in 2014. But arrests for the offence by that force rose from 50 four years ago to 57 last year.

When children take the extremely difficult step of reporting abuse we need to ensure they are properly supported and get the help they need when they are brave enough to give evidence in court.

– Alan Wardle, NSPCC head of policy and public affairs
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