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Three charged in Rotherham child sex abuse investigation

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Image caption Three men from Rotherham are the first to be charged under Operation Stovewood, the National Crime Agency's inquiry into child sexual exploitation and abuse in the town

Three men have been charged as part of an investigation into child sexual exploitation and abuse in Rotherham.

Sajid Ali, 37, Zaheer Iqbal, 39, and Riaz Makhmood, 38, all from the Masbrough area, are charged with a total of 15 offences.

They are accused of assaulting a girl under 14 between June 1994 and June 1995, the National Crime Agency said.

All have been bailed until 9 January when they are due to appear before magistrates in Sheffield.

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Mr Ali is charged with seven counts of indecent assault, while Mr Iqbal faces five charges of the same offence and Mr Makhmood faces three of the same.

The men are the first to be charged under the agency's Operation Stovewood, which is looking into allegations of sexual abuse in the town.

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