Bradford sex abuse: 16 men arrested as part of investigation into alleged historic child sexual offences

Police vehicles.
Police vehicles.

All 16 are aged between 33 and 60 and are alleged to have committed the offences between 2002 and 2009 in Bradford

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16 men have been arrested by West Yorkshire Police in an investigation into historic child sexual abuse allegations in Bradford.

Arrests were made at West Yorkshire and London addresses, the force said.

All 16, aged between 33 and 60, have been pulled in for interviews and have since been released pending further investigation.

The allegations come from one woman and are claimed to have taken place between 2002 and 2009 in Bradford.

Alan Weekes, Detective Chief Inspector of Bradford District Police, said: "This investigation forms part of West Yorkshire Police’s commitment to the investigation of both current and non-recent sexual offences against children.

"Tackling child abuse is not something that any one agency can do in isolation though which is why we work closely with local authorities and other organisations and charities to support victims, bring offenders to justice and make our communities safer.

"We would urge anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, whether recent or historic, to report it to the police. Please be assured that you will be listened to, taken seriously and supported by professionals with experience of dealing with these kind of offences."