Rotherham child abuse scandal

Investigation 'almost complete' into police's CSE handling

An independent investigation into the police's response to historic child sexual exploitation in Rotherham is coming to an end.

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The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been looking into allegations that South Yorkshire Police failed to protect children between 1999 and 2011.

Of the 91 independent investigations that form part of Operation Linden, 64 investigations – more than 70% – are now complete, the IOPC said.

A total of 13 officers are currently under investigation.

The findings of the investigation, which started last July, will be shared with South Yorkshire Police following its conclusion, according to the IOPC.

Council handed back after government intervention

Rotherham Council will no longer have intervention from the government from the end of the month, it's been confirmed.

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Commissioners from the government had been running the council after a report found significant failings a the authority had contributed to child sexual exploitation in the town.

Commissioners were put in charge of the council four years ago after it was described as "wholly dysfunctional" by the then Secretary of State Eric Pickles.

Rotherham Council will officially be handed back on 31 March.

Man held over 'trolling' of child sexual abuse survivor

A man has been arrested on suspicion of harassment in connection with the alleged trolling of a Rotherham child sexual abuse survivor.

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It comes after a woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the BBC she had been targeted online.

She said abuse had been directed at her and her family on social media.

South Yorkshire Police said a 34-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of harassment and fraud offences and released on bail.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield the woman said the alleged abuse began in December and had left her feeling "revictimised."

"I'm constantly on edge, I feel like I've got to be constantly watching my own back and I should not have to do that," she said.

In 2014 after a report found at least 1,400 children in Rotherham were the victims of abuse between 1997 and 2013.