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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.

Lee Lucas

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.

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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.

Credit: Press Association

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

Police officer to appear in court over possession of indecent images

An officers from South Yorkshire Police will appear at court tomorrow in connection with the possession of indecent images.

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.

Police: Rotherham house fire not being treated as suspicious

An investigation is underway after a man died in a house fire in the village of Dinnington, near Rotherham.

Emergency services were called to a house in Meadow Street at around 1.45am.

The body of a man was found inside but he's not been named. The cause of the blaze isn't yet known although it's not thought to be suspicious.

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Two jailed for robbery spree in Rotherham

A 30-year-old man and a teenage boy have been jailed for their parts in a series of robberies in Rotherham earlier this year.

Two jailed for robbery spree in Rotherham

Andrew Rich, of Wortley Avenue, Swinton, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to three counts of robbery, one attempted robbery and four counts of possessing an imitation firearm.

He was jailed for six years with an extension period of four years to be spent on licence.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery, one attempted robbery and two drug offences. He was sentenced to three years.

Appearing alongside them was a 16-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm. He was given a youth rehabilitation order.

These three were involved in a series of robberies at newsagents across the Swinton, Kilnhurst and Rawmarsh areas. Luckily, nobody was seriously hurt in any of the robberies but many local businesses and residents have been left shaken by their selfish and thoughtless campaign. They showed no regard for the businesses they targeted and while they admitted their guilt in court, thereby sparing the victims the further distress of a trial, their actions are appalling and I am glad they have been taken off the streets.

– Acting Detective Sergeant Iain Martin

The trio were charged after robberies at a newsagents in Kilnhurst and convenience stores in Rawmarsh and Bridleway. In all three, staff were threatened and thieves made off with cash.

At a fourth store was targeted but staff refused to hand over any money and the men left empty handed.

Two men arrested in sexual abuse investigation released on bail

Two men arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of non-recent child sexual exploitation in Rotherham have been released on bail.

The arrests were made yesterday (Monday 30 March) in the Rotherham area.

The men, aged 37 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of committing sexual offences against underage girls between 1994 and 2003.

Three men, aged 35, 38 and 39, were arrested in the Goole area in November as part of the same investigation. They remain on police bail.

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