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Rotherham news: Boy, 16, is among three people charged with rape and murder

Adam Clapham, 31, who had a young daughter, was found dead in Spring Street on the day of the Queen's funeral after becoming concerned about welfare reports around 10.48am.

A 16-year-old boy is among three people charged with rape and murder after the father of a 31-year-old was found dead in Rotherham

  • Adam Clapham, 31, who had a young daughter, was found dead in the town
  • This followed concerns over welfare reports to officers on that day
  • Robert Crookes, 31, Lynette Myers, 38, and a 16-year-old boy are charged with murder
  • The trio also face allegations of false imprisonment, GBH and oral rape
  • Queen’s funeral: All the latest news and coverage from the royal family

A 16-year-old boy is among three people charged today with the murder and rape of a father of a child in Rotherham.

Adam Clapham, 31, who had a young daughter, was found dead in Spring Street on the day of the Queen’s funeral after becoming concerned about welfare reports around 10.48am.

Officers rushed to the scene on Monday where they found the 31-year-old unresponsive and confirmed him dead.

Robert Crookes, 31, of no fixed address, Lynette Myers, 38, of Hounsfield Crescent, Rotherham, and a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have all been charged with murder.

They also faced allegations of false imprisonment, an offense of grievous bodily harm under Section 18 and oral rape when they appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court today.

Adam Clapham, 31, who had a young daughter, was found dead in Spring Street on the day of the Queen's funeral after becoming concerned about welfare reports around 10.48am.

Adam Clapham, 31, who had a young daughter, was found dead in Spring Street on the day of the Queen’s funeral after becoming concerned about welfare reports around 10.48am.

Officers rushed to the scene (pictured, Spring Street) on Monday where they found the 31-year-old unresponsive and confirmed him dead

Officers rushed to the scene (pictured, Spring Street) on Monday where they found the 31-year-old unresponsive and confirmed him dead

Martin Shaw, 43, of Norfolk Street, Rotherham, was also charged with aiding an offender.

In a previous statement, Superintendent Laura Koscikiewicz, District Commander of Rotherham, said: “We continue to make progress and piece together the circumstances that led to the tragic death of this young man.”

“We have carried out several investigations in the surrounding area and there are a small number of scenes in place as our investigations continue.

“Officers remain in the area to carry out patrols. We understand that incidents of this nature cause great concern within the local community, and we will remain in your neighborhoods over the coming days to further reassure local residents.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Knight added: ‘We have carried out a number of inquiries over the past few days to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

“We also have a number of officers patrolling the area to further reassure local residents.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: ‘Adam’s family have released an image of him and continue to be supported by our specially trained officers.

“They have asked that their privacy be respected at this extremely difficult time.”

Ms Knight also asked people with information to come forward ‘no matter how small’ what they had to share with police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 256 of 19 September 2022.

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