Man found guilty of witness intimidation

A 22-year-old man has been convicted and jailed for witness intimidation, following a court hearing in Sheffield last week.

Christopher Whiteley, from Sheffield, was on trial at Sheffield Crown Court charged with witness intimidation.

He was found guilty on Friday 26 June and sentenced to 21 months in prison.

The charge was brought in connection with an investigation into allegations of child sexual exploitation.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate said: “South Yorkshire Police is working hard to investigate a number of historic child sexual exploitation offences.

“These investigations are extremely complex and a number of individuals have been arrested and are on police and court bail.

“Victims have put considerable trust in the police to come forward and tell us what happened.

“Any attempt to interfere with the witnesses of any investigation, the evidence or the judicial process will be dealt with immediately and in the most robust way the law allows.

“Witness intimidation can take many forms, including contact on social media, and is completely unacceptable.”

Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency.

You can also report child sexual exploitation online through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

For more information about the work being done to tackle child sexual exploitation visit the website www.southyorks.police.uk/spotthesigns.