Rotherham child abuse scandal is so big that police need another 100 officers

The biggest investigation into child sexual exploitation needs 100 more officers to tackle the ‘unprecedented scale of abuse’ in Rotherham.

More than 1,500 potential victims and 110 suspects have been identified by the National Crime Agency, and figures are expected to rise further.

Paul Williamson, the senior investigating officer on Operation Stovewood, told the Guardian his team so far had only been able to contact 17 percent of the of the 1,510 possible victims due to a shortage of specially trained detectives.

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