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Force CSE inquiry relaunched with new team following external review

Two-year inquiry resulted in 34 arrests but no charges

A long running CSE inquiry by Humberside Police has been relaunched with a completely new team of investigators after the force asked the national Operation Hydrant unit to conduct a review of progress to date.

Operation Marksman was launched in Spring 2019 in relation to allegations of child sexual exploitation against two victims in Hull. The investigation was conducted over a two-year period and whilst 34-arrests were made, to date, no charges directly relating to these allegations have been secured.

Last year, Humberside’s Deputy Chief Constable Paul Anderson invited the external Hydrant Programme team to provide a full evidential review of the investigation so far.

Operation Hydrant is an NPCC-led coordination hub established in June 2014 to deliver the national policing response, oversight, and coordination of non-recent child sexual abuse investigations.

It was set up when it became apparent that forces around the country were investigating a significant number of non-recent allegations of child sexual abuse involving persons of public prominence or within institutions. There was a risk that investigators were looking at the same individuals and institutions and it was also clear that officers dealing with these complex cases required support and guidance.

Humberside Assistant Chief Constable David Marshall said today: “We have continuously reviewed the investigation and in 2021, chief officers commissioned a review of the investigation so far by Hydrant, who are national experts in this complex area of investigation.

“Based on Hydrant's evidential review of Op Marksman, Humberside Police have taken the decision to establish a new investigative team and recommence the investigation.

“The investigation team will focus on a number of lines of enquiry, with the victims being updated and receiving our full support.

“Humberside Police understand the significant public interest in any allegations of child sexual abuse and exploitation within our communities. As the investigation is active, it is imperative we protect its integrity. When we are at a stage where releasing further detail will not impact or jeopardise any criminal or judicial proceedings, we will of course look to communicate this information."

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