West Yorkshire Police have arrested 55 men in connection with alleged historic child sexual abuse. Detectives investigating allegations grooming and sexual abuse of under age girls and vulnerable young women in the Kirklees region of Yourkshire have arrested 55 men as part of an ongoing investigation.
Arrests in the case began back in November 2018, according to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post but details have only just ben released for reasons not disclosed. The individuals were arrested from addresses in Dewsbury, Batley and Bradford, West Yorkshire Police revealed today.
All 55 men arested so far have been interviewed and released under investigation as detectives continue to make inquiries.
The arrests began in November 2018, with the suspects identified as hailing from Dewsbury, Batley, and Bradford by a BBC report. The alleged abuse involves seven women said to have been targeted as children in the Kirklees area between 2002 and 2009.
“This investigation demonstrates the force’s ongoing commitment to the investigation of both current and non-recent sexual offences against children,” Detective Inspector Ian Thornes said.
“Child sexual abuse and exploitation is an abhorrent and heinous crime and one which affects some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”
The Detective Inspector issued a broad appeal for other victims to come forward, whether their abuse was historical or more recent, giving possible victims this assurance: “Please be assured that you will be listened to, taken seriously, and supported by professionals with experience of dealing with these kind of offences.”
The investigation centres on allegations made by seven women of sexual abuse committed against them as children predominantly in the Dewsbury and Batley area between 2002 and 2009.