Operation Ribbon - Child sexual exploitation warrants executed - High Wycome
Tuesday 20 November 2012, 8:12am
Thames Valley Police has today (20/11) executed a series of warrants in High Wycombe as part of a child sexual exploitation operation.
Warrants under the Sexual Offences Act were carried out at 10 properties and eight men, aged between 21 and 28 have been arrested and are currently in police custody. One man aged 20, three men aged 21, two men aged 22, one man aged 26 and one man aged 28.
They have been arrested on suspicion of committing various sexual offences against a girl.
Det Ch Insp Vince Grey, leading the investigation, said: “We will not tolerate child exploitation in Thames Valley and today’s warrants are part of a lengthy investigation spanning many months.
“We believe that it is likely that there are more victims who have not yet spoken to the police and would like to encourage anyone who is a victim to come forward and speak to us on 01296 396396. I can offer the reassurance that we have support networks in place and will deal with each case with respect and confidentiality.
“Our number one priority is to protect the victims, both their identities and wellbeing in such cases.”
Wycombe Area Commander, Supt Gilbert Houalla, said: “My team and I are fully committed to protecting the vulnerable and challenging the offender, especially when it involves this type of crime.
“I understand today’s events may be unsettling and likely to have an impact on residents and I regret any inconvenience caused. My neighbourhood policing teams will be carrying out reassurance patrols in the area and doing their best to answer your questions while still maintaining the integrity of the investigation.
“There are individuals who may seek to take advantage of the young and vulnerable. Working with our partners, it is our job to stop it and bring those responsible to justice.”
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 their website www.childline.org.uk
If you are resident in Thames Valley and you have any information about this type of crime, you can contact Thames Valley Police on the non-emergency number 101.
If you don’t want to speak to police and don’t want to leave your name contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
You can view updates about the operation or ask questions by following TVP_Wycombe on Twitter.