BATLEY & SPEN MP Tracy Brabin has helped secure an additional £1.2million in special grant funding for West Yorkshire Police to assist investigations into historic child sexual exploitation cases.
Ms Brabin has been working closely with police and crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson to secure the extra Home Office funding.
The move comes after Ms Brabin asked Home Secretary Sajid Javid for a “cast-iron gurantee” that West Yorkshire Police would be given the resources it needs to protect the many CSE victims and deliver justice for survivors.
In January this year 55 men in Batley, Dewsbury and Bradford were arrested as part of a large operation which centred on allegations made by seven women of sexual abuse committed against them as children, predominantly in the Batley and Dewsbury area between 2002 and 2009.
Ms Brabin said: “It is incredibly important that our over-stretched police force has the resources it needs to seek justice for the brave survivors who have come forward and to protect those at risk of exploitation.
“We have a responsibility to the survivors to do all we can to ensure they are given the justice they deserve so I am pleased the Home Office has listened to our case and awarded the funding to support these vital investigations.”
The £1.2million in special grant funding has been awarded to assist with exceptional costs in the 2019-20 financial year for dealing with historic CSE cases.