Five men arrested in relation to non-recent child sex abuse offences

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Police have arrested five men in Northamptonshire and West Yorkshire on suspicion of child sexual abuse offences dating back more than 40 years.

An 83-year-old man and a 59-year-old man were arrested by police executing a warrant at an address in Northampton shortly after 8am.

As part of the same investigation, a 49-year-old man was arrested early today by police at a separate address in Northampton while a 66-year-old man was also detained at a property in Kettering.

And in Bradford, police this morning also arrested a 42-year-old man linked to the same inquiry.

Teams of specialist officers have spent the day searching the addresses where the warrants were executed.

Det Insp Pete Long, of the Major Crime Team, said: “In January this year, we launched an investigation after receiving intelligence about possible incidents of non-recent abuse at an address in Northampton.

“During those inquiries, it came to light that one of the suspects was a former member of staff at St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, between 1979 and 1986.

“This inquiry is ongoing and it would be therefore inappropriate for us to comment further. However, today’s operation demonstrates our continued determination to investigate all allegations of sexual abuse involving children, no matter how long ago they happened and we would urge anyone with information to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.”

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