Investigators working to identify 100 officers in Rotherham sex abuse scandal

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Investigators looking at how the police treated complaints of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham say they are now working to identify scores of officers.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it had received 47 referrals from South Yorkshire Police, involving more than 100 allegations.

So far more than 60 officers have been identified over potential misconduct.

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The IPCC said it was continuing to examine police conduct exactly a year on from the publication of the Jay Report, which found the abuse of 1,400 children in the town between 1997 and 2013.

A spokeswoman for the IPCC said: “Analysis of all the referrals has so far identified more than 60 officers.

“Further assessments are being carried out to establish the specific allegations against these individuals to determine what further actions are needed.

“Work is ongoing to identify more than 100 officers who are referenced in the referrals but are unnamed.”

South Yorkshire Police says it now has a team of more than 60 officers working on child sexual exploitation and the National Crime Agency has been brought in to investigate historical crimes.

A £3 million initiative was announced earlier this month which will see a Barnardo’s team of specialist workers work with children at risk of being sexually exploited.

But, earlier this week, a solicitor representing 58 women who were subjected to CSE in Rotherham said only a fraction of victims had come forward.

David Greenwood said he believes fewer than 100 of the girls involved have engaged with the raft of new inquiries.

He said that the police and council have made progress in the town in the last 12 months but that he believes many survivors will only trust the system once a truly independent agency is brought in.

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