Ten men have been arrested and bailed in Bradford by officers investigating “serious sex offences”.
Detectives confirmed last night that the men had been arrested from addresses across the district as part of an ongoing operation, which began earlier this week. Last night a spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said that the men had all now been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
The spokeswoman said: “As a result of an ongoing operation by us 10 men were arrested from across the Bradford district on Wednesday on suspicion of committing serious sex offences and they have all been bailed.”
The arrests follow a recent high-profile case of grooming involving Asian men who preyed on vulnerable girls in the Rochdale area.
Last night the West Yorkshire spokeswoman stressed that because investigations were continuing police were not in a position to comment on the nature of the offences or whether the arrests were in any way linked to grooming.
They could only say they were investigating “serious sex offences.”
Last month West Yorkshire’s chief constable warned grooming was a growing scourge that cut across all communities as he met Muslim community leaders at a summit in the county to tackle the problem.
Sir Norman Bettison insisted the crime was not a racial or cultural issue.
The type of exploitation seen in cases such as the recent Rochdale scandal was just one of its many faces, the chief constable told the conference.
The chief constable said the summit, attended by the Bradford Council of Mosques’ president Rafiq Sehgal and secretary Zulfiqar Karim, had cemented a commitment to jointly tackle the issue.