Trial dates set for 42 people charged with historic child sexual offending in Dewsbury and Batley

A series of trials will take place, starting in July 2023, of 42 people - mostly from Batley, Dewsbury and Heckmondwike - charged as part of a police investigation into child sex offences over a period of 20 years.

By sarah fitton
Thursday, 30th December 2021, 10:35 am
Updated Thursday, 30th December 2021, 10:37 am
Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

The 39 men and three women appeared before Leeds Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday).

They have been charged with a variety of mainly sexual offences as part of an investigation into non-recent child sexual exploitation.

The allegations against the defendants involve offences committed against six female victims, who were children at the time the alleged offending began.

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Those alleged offences occurred between 1995 and 2015, largely in the Dewsbury and Batley areas


Those charged with offences are from Dewsbury, Batley, Heckmondwike, Keighley, Bradford, Birmingham and Mirfield.