Police investigate 180 new child sex cases in ‘grooming capital of UK’ as fears grow of another Rochdale

Police are probing almost 200 cases of sexual exploitation in West Yorkshire amid fears of ‘another Rochdale’.

Officers in West Yorkshire Police’s Bradford District have 179 crimes where child sexual offences are a factor on their desks.

The area takes in the small mill town of Keighley – described as the nation’s ‘capital’ of child grooming.

The crimes involve 165 suspects and more than 100 victims.

Last year 12 men were jailed for more than 140 years between them for their part in the abuse of a single victim in Keighley.

The girl was repeatedly raped by the gang in encounters arranged by a violent drug dealer over 13 months between 2011 and 2012, when she was 13.


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