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Growing concern for missing teenager

Police in Rotherham are asking for help to trace missing teenager Jessica Shaw.

Jessica, 17, left her home in Laughton Road, Thurcroft on Monday 28 March with a friend at about 8pm. She was last seen in Sheffield city centre at about 6.45pm last night and was last heard from in the early hours of this morning.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare and would like anyone who has seen or heard from Jessica to get in touch.

Jessica is described as white, about 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build with long blonde hair. She is believed to be wearing blue jeans, a dark blue jumper with Jack Wills written on the front and black trainers with pink and purple on.


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Rotherham whistleblower: town 'needs to move on'

The woman who exposed the Rotherham abuse scandal has said the town 'needs to move on', following the publication of a report which says child abuse and exploitation was not given priority by South Yorkshire Police.

Jayne Senior, who founded the charity Risky Business to work with vulnerable young people, said that the situation in Rotherham is not unique. Speaking to ITV Calendar she described it child sexual exploitation as an issue that is "happening all across the UK and we need to get a handle on it."

Commenting that there have been 'quite significant improvements' in the way victims are handled since she began her work in 1999, Jayne added that she hopes senior managers can learn from the mistakes that were made in Rotherham.

The youth worker, whose whistleblowing led to the scandal finally being uncovered, said officers who have been highlighted as being involved must be brought to justice, but added that it is difficult for the town to move forward while ever there are ongoing investigations and reports due to be published.


Police growing increasingly concerned for missing teenager

South Yorkshire Police are growing increasingly concerned for a teenager who has not been seen for the last two days.

Grada Munteanu Credit: South Yorkshire Police

16-year-old Grada Munteanu from the Broom area of Rotherham was last seen in Sheffield on Tuesday evening.

There have been no sightings of Grada and despite a vast number of enquiries already conducted as part of the investigation, officers have not been able to make contact with Grada or with anyone who may be able to confirm that she is safe.

I am very concerned for Grada’s welfare; she is a young girl who has made not been seen for almost two days. We know Grada was last seen on Christ Church Road, close to the junction with Nottingham Street in the Burngreave/ Pitsmoor area of Sheffield, at around 6.50pm on Tuesday evening. The clothing she was wearing was quite distinctive and consisted of a long red skirt with a mixed blue coloured vest top and a long grey cardigan. She also had a blue scarf in her long, dark brown hair and she was carrying a black over the shoulder handbag. As Grada is from Broom, she does have connections in this area, as well as in the Ferham and Eastwood areas of Rotherham. Alarmingly however, she has not been seen back in the town at all and there have been no further sightings of her anywhere at all since Tuesday. Grada is only 16-years-old and I would urge anyone who believes they may have seen her, or if they know her whereabouts, to please make contact with the police so we can ensure she is located and is safe and well.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Poolman

Dozens of Rotherham taxi licenses revoked

Dozens of licences revoked Credit: PA

Dozens of taxi drivers in Rotherham have had their licences revoked as a result of the town's abuse scandal.

The figures have been released in a council report revealing higher standards of the 'fit and proper person' test.

Professor Jay's report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham noted the 'prominent role' of taxi drivers. Convictions, intelligence and complaints are now considered and 47 licences have been taken away due to the new standards.

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