Rotherham rape gang scandal: watchdog reveals 98 investigations into police

The number of investigations into the response by police to allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham has increased to nearly 100, the police watchdog has said.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said on Wednesday that at the beginning of April it was overseeing 98 investigations into the response of South Yorkshire police, compared with 62 at the same point last year.

IOPC said 45 of those inquiries been completed and 33 current and former police officers were still being investigated. The body will publish an overarching report once Operation Linden, which is examining allegations of misconduct by police in relation to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, has concluded.