This January, 20 men were arrested in Calderdale as part of an investigation into a Halifax grooming gang. The arrests are part of the same operation by West Yorkshire Police which saw 15 perpetrators jailed in June 2016 for offences including rape, grooming and trafficking. The latest arrests were made in a series of raids and it is understood that two men have been released on bail and a further 18 remain under investigation.
The Calderdale grooming investigation centres around one woman who was the victim of sexual offences as a child in Halifax and the most recent arrests relate to men now aged between 28 and 43 years.
The Halifax grooming gang investigation is by no means unique and the operation being conducted by West Yorkshire Police is one of many similar investigations taking place across the country. It is estimated that police in the UK are arresting around 420 men every month in relation to child sexual exploitation offences with the numbers growing all the time. There have of course been high profile cases in Rotherham and Rochdale, but recent years have seen a plethora of investigations in places as diverse as Bradford, Oxford, London, Keighley, Kirklees and West Mercia.
If you have experienced abuse and exploitation as a child, Switalskis Child Abuse Claims department can help. The team includes specialist solicitors who have many years’ experience dealing with claims relating to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and sexual abuse. We have acted for numerous claimants up and down the country and are currently representing a large number of women who are survivors of the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
How can we help?
Our experienced lawyers can provide you with advice, assistance and support in bringing a claim for compensation against the Local Authority (the council) and/or the police in relation to abuse suffered where the agencies have failed in their duties to protect you as a vulnerable child. We can also assist you in making a formal complaint against the police in relation to their conduct, inaction or contact with you as a young person.
You do not need to be part of an ongoing investigation or have spoken to the police to have a valid claim. In many cases legal aid will be available for you to pursue your case, and in the event that you do not qualify then we will very often be able to act for you on a ‘no win no fee’ basis depending on the facts of your case.
If you would like more information, or an informal chat about how we can help, please contact our Child Abuse Claims department on 01924 882000. Alternatively, you can email us or send us a message via the contact form below and we will call you back. We are also happy to meet you at a time and venue to suit you to discuss the matter further in person.