A major police investigation named Operation Tendersea has led to arrests of 32 people across Huddersfield and Dewsbury.
The Operation centres on allegations made by 16 women of sexual abuse committed against them as children aged 11 to 18 years old between 2004 and 2011.
Thirty men and 2 women have been detained by the Police after the Police interviewed 120 girls about claims of sexual child abuse. The investigation resulted from a report to the Police made by a young woman in 2013 that she had been a victim of sexual abuse. All those who have been arrested have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Counsellor Barry Sheerman has stated that the Police and the Council ignored the claims 8 years ago. Mr Sheerman MP says that he was approached by a number of people in 2008 when he was Chairman of Children’s Schools and Families Select Committee and tried to raised concerns but he struggled to take the matter further. He states that his concerns were met with a , ” negative response”.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson Head of Kirklees District CID said, “This investigation forms part of West Yorkshire Police’s commitment to the investigation of both current and historic sexual offences against children. We would urge anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, whether recent or historic to report it to the Police. Please be assured that you will be listened to, taken seriously and supported by professionals with experience of dealing with these kinds of offences.”
Kirklees Counsellors were briefed about the investigation on Friday morning and have stated, “We remain 100% committed to protecting every child wherever possible and will do all we can to ensure they are as safe as can be. This includes supporting the Police bring perpetrators of historical sex abuse to trial and talking this horrendous crime.”