Investigators looking into police officers’ roles in the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal have identified ‘potential misconduct’, according to the police watchdog.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct’s (IOPC) inquiry into South Yorkshire Police’s response to child sexual exploitation (CSE) over more than a decade in Rotherham ‘has grown significantly during the last year’, it has said.

The IOPC said its Operation Linden had grown to 98 investigations by the beginning of April 2018, compared with 62 at the same point in 2017.

A spokesman said 45 investigation reports have been completed and 33 current and former police officers remain under notice that they are being investigated

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