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BREAKING: Cops arrest 44 in paedophile probe

BREAKING: Cops arrest 44 in paedophile probe

Police have arrested 44 people in connection with alleged historic child abuse offences against four women who were children at the time.

Cops arrested 36 men and three women across Kirklees, Bradford and Leeds over the last two weeks.

Five others were arrested at the end of last year, police said today.

The arrests are connected to allegations made by four women, who allege they were sexually abused as children in the Dewsbury and Batley area of Kirklees between 1995 and 2002.

Detective Inspector Seth Robinson, leading the investigation, said: “Safeguarding and protecting children remains the top priority for West Yorkshire Police.

“We hope that these recent arrests reassure our local communities that we are wholly committed to tackling child sexual exploitation in Kirklees, both current and non-recent.

“West Yorkshire Police has specialist safeguarding units across each of the five Districts, which include police officers and detectives dedicated to dealing with both current and non-recent child abuse and child sexual exploitation.

“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, bring the perpetrators 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 kinds of offences.”

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