Thirty two arrested over alleged child sex abuse in Kirklees

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Police investigating historic allegations of child sex abuse in Kirklees have arrested 32 people as part of a pre-planned operation.

Thirty men and two women were arrested and addresses searched in the Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Slaithwaite and Bradford areas during a four day policing operation last week.

All of them have now been interviewed and released on bail.

The investigation centres on allegations made by 16 women of sexual abuse committed against them as children in the Huddersfield area.

The offences are alleged to have been committed by suspects aged in their late teens to mid 40s while the women were aged between 11 to 18-years-old.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson, 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. These are abhorrent crimes that affect the most vulnerable in our society. 

“Protecting children and ensuring that victims are put at the heart of everything we do is a top priority for the Force. We have specialist safeguarding units in each of our five policing districts, which include officers dedicated to dealing with both current and historic child abuse and child sexual exploitation.

“Tackling child abuse is not something that any one agency can do in isolation though which is why we work closely with local authorities and other organisations and charities to support victims, bring offenders 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.”