UPDATED: Historic sex crime dawn raids in Aylesbury and Wendover

Police are appealing for witnesses to the burglary
Police are appealing for witnesses to the burglary
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Three men have been arrested after Vale homes were raided this morning on suspicion of child sex crimes between 1998 and 2004.

Officers executed five warrants at homes in Aylesbury and one in Wendover at 6am as part of a force-wide operation.

Three Aylesbury men, aged 33, 36 and 74, were arrested and remain in custody.

The other arrested men are a 44-year-old and a 63-year-old from High Wycombe, and a 49-year-old from Luton.

They are in relation to a probe into reports of historic child sexual exploitation in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Ailsa Kent, chief inspector from Major Crime in Aylesbury, said: “Child sexual exploitation is and will remain a force priority and we are investing more resources than ever before to tackle this type of exploitation across the Thames Valley.

“Safeguarding and protecting victims robustly and vigorously is a priority.

“People in the local community may have concerns about today’s warrants and I would ask them to speak to their local neighbourhood policing teams.

“If you have been a victim of child sexual exploitation, I would encourage you to come forward and speak to the police in confidence. We will listen to you and support you.”

Call ChildLine on 0800 11 11 or visit www.childline.org.uk.