South Yorkshire Police charge 177 suspects with child sexual exploitation offences in three years
A total of 177 people were charged with child sexual exploitation offences in South Yorkshire in the last three years, new figures reveal.
South Yorkshire Police statistics show that 681 offences were ‘flagged’ with the child sexual exploitation marker on police databases between January 2013 and the end of January 2016
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DATA: Force corrects child sexual exploitation data following FOI error
In January this year, the BBC submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the force, requesting data around child sexual exploitation offences since 2013.
It has become clear that, due to a clerical error, incorrect figures were released.
In our original response to the BBC’s request, we replied that 695 offences have been ‘flagged’ with the child sexual exploitation marker since the force introduced the marker in January 2013, to the end of 2015.
Actually, our most up-to-date-figures (from January 2013 to the end of January 2016) show there were 681 offences.
South Yorkshire Police branded ‘incompetent’ over CSE data error
The force at the centre of the Rotherham abuse scandal has been branded “incompetent” after it released incorrect figures on its own work.
South Yorkshire Police said a “clerical error” meant it gave the BBC the wrong data on charges brought for child sexual exploitation (CSE) offences.
It pushed out a correction on the day Lib Dem Lord Scriven raised the issue in the House of Lords.
The force said it acted “as soon as the error came to light”.
This is a report that I certainly hadn’t seen before, so Needs Analysis