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Rotherham man charged with child sex abuse

A man has been charged with a number of sexual assaults against children.

Tony Chapman, 41, of Lindley Street, Rotherham, is accused of sexually abusing three girls, one aged 16 and two under the age of 16, between 1998 and 2015.

He faces seven charges of rape and 12 charges of indecent assault. He has been released on bail and will appear in court in July.

The arrest is part on the National Crime Agency's Operation Stovewood.

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The agency said the Operation Stovewood inquiry had identified 71 "designated suspects" and was talking to more than 190 victims.

To date, a total of 15 men have been arrested and seven charged as part of the investigation.

It was launched following the release of the Jay report in August 2014, which revealed more than 1,400 children were the victims of abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

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