BREAKING NEWS: Dawn raid targets child sexual exploitation

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Eight men have been arrested on suspicion of child sexual offences this morning, Tuesday.

At 7am,about 120 police officers executed warrants relating to child sexual exploitation at 10 properties, including one in Buckingham.

A total of six warrants were carried out including ones in Aylesbury, one in Milton Keynes, one in Chesham and one in Middlesex, as part of Operation Articulate.

A number of warrants are still being carried out.

Eight men, aged between 28 and 45, have been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences and are currently in police custody.

The offences relate to two female victims in the Aylesbury area between 2005 and 2012.

Regarding today’s arrests, Aylesbury Vale LPA commander A/Supt Olly Wright said: “The police action taken today comes as a result of information given to the police earlier this year.

“We have been working closely with other agencies to investigate these matters, and to provide support and care for the victims.

“The aim of this operation is to protect victims, bring offenders to justice, and to offer help to any others, who we are encouraging to come forward.

“We will continue to work alongside our partner agencies to offer any support victims need as we carry on with the investigation.

“I understand today’s events will have an impact on the community and people will be concerned about the nature of these arrests.

“As you can understand, we are in the early stages of this investigation so may not be able to provide all the information straight away, but we will work hard to make sure the community is kept updated when we can.

“Our neighbourhood policing teams are carrying out patrols in the area and will be doing their best to answer any questions, so please do not hesitate to approach them.

“If anyone has any concerns at all about offences relating to child sex exploitation, if they are a victim or know someone who may be, I urge them to contact Thames Valley Police on the 24-hour non-emergency number 101.”

If you don’t want to speak to police you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you are worried about somebody who you think may be a victim of child exploitation you can call ChildLine on 0800 11 11 or visit www.childline.org.uk
Bucks has a countywide service for young people, Barnardo’s R-U-Safe?, which is able to offer advice and support to any young person worried about these issues.

Email rusafe@barnardos.org.uk, text 07546 075 638 or visit www.barnardos.org.uk/rusafebucks