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'British FBI' make first arrest in Rotherham child sex abuse investigation

The Jay Report found at least 1,400 girls in Rotherham were abused between 1997 and 2013 Credit: ITV news

Police involved in a major investigation into the Rotherham child abuse scandal have made their first arrest.

Officers from the National Crime Agency – the so-called 'British FBI' – are questioning a man on suspicion of rape, assault and supplying class A and B drugs. All the allegations relate to a girl aged under 16.

The NCA was drafted in to lead an investigation into widespread child sexual exploitation in Rotherham after a report by Prof Alexis Jay found at least 1,400 girls were abused between 1997 and 2013 in the town.

Earlier this week the NCA said it had recorded 91 crimes and identified 29 suspects but was looking at hundreds of other potential perpetrators.



Fifty firefighters tackle blaze at Tata Steel in Rotherham

Ten fire engines and more than 50 firefighters have been tackling a fire at Tata Steel on Aldwarke Lane, Rotherham, overnight.

It involves several thousand litres of oil. Officers say their teams quickly contained the blaze to one building. All employees have been safely evacuated and there are no reports of anyone being injured.

Crews are using a high volume pump to access water from an on site reservoir. It broke out shortly after 1.00am on Thursday morning.

Fire engines from Rotherham, Parkway, Central, Elm Lane, Edlington, Dearne, Birley Moor, Stocksbridge and Tankersley stations are involved.

Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene for several hours. An investigation into its cause will begin once it has been fully extinguished.

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