Rotherham were warned regarding abuse report

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:51 GMT, May 5, 2015 |

Fresh evidence has emerged that authorities in Rotherham were warned about child sexual exploitation in 2003 and again in 2006.

Police and council officials took no action despite being told organised gangs were grooming and abusing girls.

Ex-South Yorkshire Police drugs analyst Angie Heal said she “cannot fathom” why her reports did not lead to action. Last year an inquiry found 1,400 children were abused by gangs of men, mainly of Pakistani origin.

The abuse happened between 1997 and 2013. In the first report, released under a Freedom of Information request by The Sheffield Star; Dr Heal warned in 2003 that there was no room for complacency over the issue.

However, in a follow-up report three years later, she again detailed the problem, saying the situation in Rotherham was established and very serious.

Rotherham Council, which is now run by government appointed commissioners, said it had been “unable to find any reference to the documents being formally considered” by the authority