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IPCC investigation over Rotherham child sex abuse

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has 55 ongoing investigations into allegations about how South Yorkshire Police dealt with child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

In a statement to ITV News, the IPCC said:

Our investigative work examining allegations about how South Yorkshire Police responded to reported child sexual exploitation in Rotherham continues to expand.

The 55 investigations - 52 independent and three managed - cover a range of allegations from a failure to act on reported child sexual exploitation to corruption by police officers.

– IPCC statement

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Child sex grooming gang ringleader convicted while in bed

Arshid Hussain Credit: South Yorkshire Police

One of the ringleaders of a child sex grooming ring appeared from his bed at home via video link as he was found guilty of a range of offences including rape and indecent assault of teenage girls.

Arshid Hussain, 40, who claims to be paraplegic, appeared to be asleep as the guilty verdict was read out following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

His brother Basharat Hussain was surrounded by prison officers in the dock at the court and was remanded into custody along with their uncle Qurban Ali, Karen MacGregor and Shelley Davies.

The five along with, Bannaras Hussain, who admitted 10 charges including rape and indecent assault prior to the trial, will be sentenced on Friday.

Child sex grooming ring preyed on girls as young as 11

A child sex grooming ring in Rotherham led by three brothers preyed on girls as young as 11.

Arshid Hussain and his brothers Basharat Hussain and Bannaras Hussain were ringleaders of the gang, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

They were helped by their uncle Qurban Ali and two women Karen MacGregor and Shelley Davies.

The six will be sentenced on Friday for a range of offences involving the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in the South Yorkshire town.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports:

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