The ongoing investigation of child sexual exploitation and abuse in Rotherham has led to 2 further arrests as part of Operation Stovewood.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of offences committed against young girls under the age of 16. The first arrest related to allegations of indecent assault carried out in the Rotherham area while the second related to alleged sexual assault committed in the Sheffield area.
Operation Stovewood is the name given to the Police investigation commenced by South Yorkshire Police in the wake of the Jay Report. The report was the result of the independent enquiry into extensive allegations of abuse and exploitation occurring in Rotherham during the period between 1997 and 2013. The report was originally commissioned by the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and was authored by Alexis Jay OBE who completed the report in October 2014. The Jay Report concluded that in excess of 1,400 girls had been subjected to abuse during the period.
The investigations that followed still continue as evidence from the 16 year period is gathered together from the many victims who suffered abuse and those agencies that play a role in child protection for the area.