Forty arrested over child sex abuse offences in West Yorkshire more than 20 years ago

POLICE investigating child sexual abuse offences more than 20 years ago have arrested 40 people.

Cops in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, detained 38 men and two women in a major operation.

Officers made the arrests as part of Operation Teeford, an enquiry into the sexual abuse of nine females in the Dewsbury and Batley areas between 1989 and 1999.

Twenty seven arrests were made in the Kirklees District, with others made in Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield.

Two arrests were two made outside of the West Yorkshire Police area, cops said.

All of those arrested were released on police bail pending as enquiries continue.

DCI Ian Thornes, who leads non-recent child sexual exploitation investigations in Kirklees, said: “This ongoing investigation again demonstrates our determination to investigate all reports of child sexual abuse in Kirklees and West Yorkshire, whether recent, or from a number of years ago.

“This arrest phase has followed many months of investigation into reports of sexual offences against young girls in Dewsbury and Batley between 1989 and 1999 and we continue to work with and support victims.

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“We firmly mean it when we say no stone is left unturned to thoroughly examine all reports of these abhorrent offences which affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

He added: “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, bringing the perpetrators to justice, to make our communities safer."

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse was urged to report it to police.

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