Rotherham child exploitation inquiry: councillors among possible suspects
National Crime Agency says it has identified 300 potential suspects from more than 3,000 lines of inquiry in investigation into alleged sexual abuse
Helen Pidd Northern editor
The Guardian, Wednesday 24 June 2015
Two current or former Rotherham councillors are among up to 300 men suspected of grooming and sexually exploiting girls as young as 12 in the South Yorkshire town, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The NCA, Britain’s answer to the FBI, began investigating child sexual exploitation in Rotherham following harrowing allegations of non-familial abuse in the town uncovered in a report by Prof Alexis Jay, which was prompted by an investigation by the Times.
Investigators said the majority of suspects appeared to be of Asian appearance, but would not give a firm number while research was still being done on further potential…
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