A LIST claiming to name 15 men arrested on suspicion of child sex offences is being investigated by police.
The ‘malicious’ list, released following the arrest of 32 suspects in Huddersfield and Dewsbury, was published on social media following a police operation last week.
The list, which is thought to have originated on mobile phone chat program What’sApp, names 15 men mostly from Thornton Lodge.
It includes a mixture of partial names, full names and nicknames together with partial addresses and details on the cars they drive.
Above the names the author of the list comments: “As you may be aware, there have been a lot of arrests around Huddersfield in regards to men grooming children.
“We need to be aware and make others aware so I have formulated a list of the people I know so far that have been arrested.
“If you know of anyone else to be added, please do add to the list and pass it on.”
But several individuals have contacted the police after discovering their names on the list.
They say the list, naming a number of innocent people, has been published to damage their reputation.
One business owner named on the list told the Examiner: “It’s a fake, malicious list with intent to harm innocent people.
“When I saw my name on it I was disgusted. I have a young family and an elderly mum.
“This could ruin a lifetime’s reputation.
“I’m worried now that my business is going to get vandalised.
“This list is going around like wildfire at the moment.
“People who know me know I’m not like that – but people who don’t know me might think I am after seeing that.
Police confirmed an investigation into the source of the list, posted anonymously, was underway.
DCI Tony Nicholson, of Kirklees Police, said: “This is an active police investigation.
“We had reports of malicious communications and enquiries are ongoing.
“We do not name any individuals who have been arrested until there is any charge.”
Some 30 men and two women were detained in a series of raids across Huddersfield and Dewsbury last week.
Police have interviewed 120 girls regarding historic allegations of child sex abuse over a seven-year period and 16 of them have provided evidence which has led to the arrests.
The investigation, named Operation Tendersea, centres on allegations made by 16 women of sexual abuse committed against them as children, aged 11 to 18, between 2004 and 2011.