West Yorkshire Police have arrested 44 people in connection with non- recent allegations of sexual abuse in Kirklees.
Across Kirklees, Bradford and Leeds 36 men and 3 women have been arrested, interviewed and released pending investigation. This follows the arrest of 5 men at the end of last year.
The investigation arises from 4 women contacting the Police with allegations of sexual abuse when they were children, predominantly in the Dewsbury and Batley area of Kirklees between 1995 and 2002.
Detective Inspector Seth Robinson from West Yorkshire Police has made the following statement:
“Safeguarding and protecting children remains the top priority for West Yorkshire Police. We hope that these recent arrests reassure our local communities that we are wholly committed to tackling child sexual exploitation in Kirklees, both current and non-recent.
Child sexual abuse and exploitation is an abhorrent and heinous crime and one which affects some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
West Yorkshire Police has specialist safeguarding units across each of the five Districts, which include police officers and detectives dedicated to dealing with both current and non-recent child abuse and child sexual exploitation.
Tackling child abuse is not something that any one agency can do in isolation; we work closely with local authorities, other organisations and charities to support victims, bring the perpetrators to justice and make our communities safer.
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 kind of offences.”
If you have been affected by anything in this article and would like to speak to one of our specialist abuse lawyers in confidence, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can advise you on the available options for pursuing a civil damages claim. Jordans successfully represent and secure compensation for numerous victims of abuse and are experts in overcoming the particular challenges that arise in these sensitive cases. Our abuse team can be contacted on 0800 9555 094.