Rotherham child abuse scandal

  1. Rotherham grooming victim not told of rapist's prison move

    A child rapist convicted in the Rotherham street grooming scandal has been moved to an open prison without his victim being informed.

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    Video caption: Rotherham abuse survivor's torment as abuser moved to open prison

    Taxi driver Ashgar Bostan was jailed in 2018 after being convicted of two counts of rape.

    Elizabeth - not her real name - said moving her attacker to an open prison had left her "absolutely petrified".

    Bostan was jailed for nine years after being convicted of raping Elizabeth twice at a flat in Rotherham, when she was about 14 or 15 years old.

    The Ministry of Justice has apologised and said it was investigating the matter.

  2. MP calls for database of child sex abuse perpetrators

    An MP has called for the creation of a national database of child sexual exploitation (CSE) perpetrators to help protect children from abuse.

    Sarah Champion MP

    Giving evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Rotherham Labour MP Sarah Champion said data profiling, collation and sharing on a national level was "inadequate" and that such a database would be an "important tool in the fight to protect children from CSE".

    She told the inquiry that under the existing system police officers have to manually search the Police National Computer for a suspect's name and the term CSE, therefore "officers cannot identify links between offenders and CSE without already knowing first that a link exists".

    She said as a result identifying patterns of criminal behaviour of perpetrators and members of grooming gangs which operate across the country was "partly down to luck".

    "I am of the view that, if this data were used more cohesively, the police and social services would be better able to disrupt CSE," she told the inquiry.

    "I would urge the inquiry to consider whether there are existing schemes relating to other crimes such as terrorism or organised crime, which could be used as precedents," she added.

  3. Appeal after man 'fell from car bonnet' in car park

    Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man reportedly fell from the bonnet of a moving car in South Yorkshire earlier this month.

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    It happened at about 19:45 on 13 June in the car park at Rotherham United's New York Stadium.

    A 21-year-old man is thought to have been sat on the bonnet of a black Ford Fiesta, but fell when the driver began to drive off, police say,.

    He remains in hospital with serious head injuries.

    Police are asking anyone who was in the car park that night, or who has information about what happened, to come forward as part of their investigation.

  4. Sex abuse compensation rules 'must change'

    Rules that mean some victims of childhood sex abuse are denied compensation must be changed, say MPs.

    Woman in rotherham

    Under the existing terms those with an unspent criminal conviction or victims deemed to have "consented" to abuse despite being a child, are among those denied payouts.

    Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, said it was a "scandal" the scheme had not yet been reformed.

    "The whole scheme needs comprehensive reform so that victims and survivors are put at the centre of the process because, right now, it is all about saving the government money not supporting people to rebuild their lives shattered by crime."

    Sammy Woodhouse

    Sammy Woodhouse, who was sexually abused when she was just 14, said when her claim was rejected she "felt like somebody had just kicked me straight in the teeth."

    She said she was only glad she had received the letter when she was at a more "stable" time of her life.

    "If I would have got that letter when I was suicidal, I would have probably taken my own life," she said.

  5. Convicted killer sentenced for Rotherham indecent assaults

    A convicted killer who was part of a gang of men who groomed and abused young girls in Rotherham has been jailed for 18 years.

    Mohammed Ahsan

    Mohammed Ahsan, 35, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court after he admitted three counts of indecent assault against girls under the age of 16 between 1999 and 2001.

    His jail sentence makes him the 20th person to be convicted as part of Operation Stovewood, the National Crime Agency's investigation into sexual abuse and exploitation in Rotherham covering the years 1997 to 2013.

    Ahsan is currently serving a life sentence, with a minimum term of 19 years, for murdering a woman in a Rotherham nightclub in 2005.

  6. Extra jail time for Rotherham abuser who trolled victim

    A man jailed for 10 years for abusing young girls in Rotherham has been given an extra 45 months in prison for trolling one of his victims on social media.

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    Video caption: Rotherham abuser jailed for witness intimidation

    Waseem Khaliq, 35, also made a phone call from prison to the National Crime Agency control centre threatening two of the investigating officers.

    He said he knew where one of them lived, was close to finding out the address of the other, and hoped they died of cancer or Aids.

    Khaliq was previously convicted of indecent assault and child abduction at Sheffield Crown Court as part of Operation Stovewood - the National Crime Agency's investigation into allegations of abuse and exploitation in Rotherham.

    Today, at the same court, he was sentenced to another 45 months to run consecutively to his initial term after pleading guilty to three counts of witness intimidation.