Cops arrest NINETEEN men in child abuse investigation in Bradford

POLICE have arrested 19 men as part of a child abuse probe against one girl.

Officers swooped on addresses across Bradford during a month-long operation.

The 19 suspects, all aged between 36 and 55, were held on various offences.

They have since been released pending further enquiries, West Yorkshire Police said.

The investigation is connected to allegations against one girl in the Bradford area between 2000 and 2005.

It comes days after the force arrested 40 people as part of an investigation into child abuse claims more than 20 years ago.

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

“Tackling child abuse and safeguarding children 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.”

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