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Rotherham grooming gangs: National Crime Agency investigating more than 420 suspects

Clockwise from top left: Nabeel Kurshid, Mohammed Akhtar, Asif Ali, Salah El-Hakam, Tanweer Hussain Ali, Iqlak Yousaf

By: Keerthi Mohan

The National Crime Agency is reportedly working to trace a total of 426 grooming gangs responsible for abusing an estimated 1,500 victims in Rotherham. The agency’s investigation into sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013 has so far resulted in 13 convictions, reported The Independent. Codenamed Stovewood, the operation could cost £90 million if the government continues its current funding until 2024. The agency is currently running 22 separate investigations under Operation Stovewood and around 290 victims are in touch with officers. According to the report, the National Crime Agency has so far identified 151 “designated suspects”, and has listed 275…

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