Police officer charged with sexual activity with girl, 15

A South Yorkshire Police officer previously based in Rotherham has been charged with causing a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

Daniel Cookson, aged 27, appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court today to face the allegation.

The force said the charge relates to an alleged offence committed between March and November last year, and Cookson was suspended when he was arrested in November.

Cookson was bailed to appear at Leeds Crown Court on September 11.

It is understood that the allegation is not related in any way to wider issues of child abuse in Rotherham.