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IPCC probe 'positive step' for victims' families

The Commissioner of the Independent Police Complaints Commission has said she hopes the investigation into 10 police officers is seen as a "positive step" for Rotherham abuse victims and their families.

Kathryn Stone said: "The amount of public concern across the country about this episode and the impact on confidence in the police means it is important that a fully independent investigation is conducted to establish how South Yorkshire Police dealt with child sexual exploitation.

"I sincerely hope that victims and their families will see this investigation as a positive step towards answering the many questions they must have.

"I have met with South Yorkshire Police and am reassured by their commitment to fully cooperate with the investigation."

Ten officers were part of group of 13 referred to IPCC

The Jay report found more than 1,400 children had been sexually abused in Rotherham. Credit: PA

Ten police officers being investigated by the Independent Police Commission were part of a group of 13 referred by South Yorkshire Police.

The other three officers will not face investigation at this time, the IPCC said.

It was decided two did not justify an investigation involving the police watchdog, while the third officer remains under review.

The ten officers were identified through the Jay Report, which found more than 1,400 children had been subjected to child sex abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

It also criticised the way in which South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council dealt with complaints from teenage girls who said they had been raped and trafficked by gangs of mainly Asian men.

The other three officers referred to were identified by a separate internal report.

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Nine-year-old boy and 44-year-old man die in house fire

A nine-year-old boy and a 44-year-old man have been killed, while an 11-year-old boy is fighting for his life, after a house fire in South Yorkshire.

Firefighters said they found a fully-formed fire at the home in the South Yorkshire town of Penistone near Barnsley. Credit: Google Maps

Firefighters were alerted to a serious blaze at the home in Tennyson Close in Penistone, near Barnsley, at around 6.30pm.

On arrival (the firefighters) found a fully-developed fire throughout the house and rescued three people from the property.

Sadly, despite the best efforts of fire crews, an 44-year-old man and a nine-year-old boy died in this incident.

An 11-year-old boy is in hospital suffering from life-threatening injuries.

– South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the thoughts of the department were with the victims' family and confirmed it will resume an investigation into the cause of the fire tomorrow.

Man who kept slave won't have sentence extended

David Rooke's six-and-a-half year jail sentence has been upheld. Credit: South Yorkshire Police handout

Leading judges have rejected a challenge brought against the six-and-a-half-year jail sentence handed out to an ice cream business owner who kept a vulnerable man like a "slave".

David Rooke, from Sheffield, forced Craig Kinsella, 34, to live in a garage where he suffered regular beatings and ended up scavenging for food in bins.

He was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court in January after admitting false imprisonment and a number of counts of causing actual bodily harm.

David Rooke admitted falsely imprisoning and attacking Craig Kinsella, 34 Credit: South Yorkshire Police handout

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London dismissed an application today by Attorney General Dominic Grieve over the "too low" prison term imposed in the case of Mr Rooke.

Mr Grieve had asked Lady Justice Rafferty, Mr Justice Cranston and Mr Justice Stewart to review the term to rule on whether it could be regarded as "unduly lenient".

Rejecting the application, Lady Justice Rafferty said the sentencing judge had not "fallen into error" in what was a "difficult sentencing exercise".

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