Rotherham man arrested as part of major child sexual exploitation investigation

A man has been arrested as part of Operation Stovewood.
A man has been arrested as part of Operation Stovewood.

A MAN was arrested this afternoon as part of the National Crime Agency investigation into child sexual exploitation and abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

The man, who was arrested in Rotherham, has been taken to a police station in South Yorkshire where he will be interviewed by crime agency officers.

He was arrested on suspicion of a rape, which is believed to have taken place against a girl aged under 16.

The arrest is part of the ongoing Operation Stovewood but no further information about people arrested is being provided.

A total of four arrests have now been made as part of the operation.

Operation Stovewood is investigating alleged crimes in the same time period covered by the Jay report, which estimated there had been at least 1,400 victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over a 16-year period.

The investigation, which is being paid for by South Yorkshire Police, currently has 33 designated suspects. It has prioritised making contact with 97 victims and survivors so far.

There are currently eight distinct major investigations within the overall investigation.