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Five arrests in Rotherham child sex abuse investigation

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Image caption Five men from Rotherham were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rape, according to the National Crime Agency

Five men have been arrested as part of the National Crime Agency's (NCA) investigation into child sex abuse in Rotherham.

The NCA said the men had been arrested at separate addresses in the town on suspicion of conspiracy to rape.

The arrests are part of the agency's Operation Stovewood which is looking into allegations of sexual abuse between 1997 and 2013.

Nine people previously arrested as part of the operation remain on bail.

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Operation Stovewood is being conducted at the request of South Yorkshire Police following publication of the Jay Report, which found at least 1,400 girls were abused in Rotherham during the period.

A NCA spokesman said the agency had made contact with 134 alleged victims and had identified 42 suspects.

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