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Almost 300 suspects identified in Rotherham abuse probe

By Dave Higgens

A new investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has so far identified around 300 possible suspects, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

NCA's senior investigating officer Steve Baldwin said the 1,400 CSE victims who were identified by Professor Alexis Jay last year in her damning report on what happened in the town was a "very good estimate".

The NCA investigation - Operation Stovewood - began in December after the agency was asked to intervene by South Yorkshire Police.

This followed Prof Jay's report which painted a shocking picture of hundreds of children being raped, trafficked and groomed by mainly Asian gangs in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

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