High Wycombe: Child Exploitation Arrests

30 January 2013, 15:37

Four men arrested in High Wycombe on suspicion of sexually abusing a girl have been released on bail.

Officers investigating child exploitation made the arrests yesterday morning (29/1).

The men, aged 19, 20, 21 and 22, are alleged to have committed "various sexual offences'' against the girl and are currently in police custody. 

Area commander Superintendent Gilbert Houalla said: "I would like to assure you that the police in the Wycombe district will always protect the vulnerable and challenge any offenders without fear or favour, none of which could be done without the support of our community.''

Thames Valley Police said they believe it is likely there are more victims who have not spoken to officers, and encouraged them to come forward by calling 01296 396396. 

A spokesman said officers work closely with Buckinghamshire County Council's child protection team, and deal with each case with respect and confidentiality. 

Anyone worried about somebody who may be a victim of child exploitation can call the ChildLine charity on 0800 1111 or visit its website, www.childline.org.uk, the force said.

People can also call Buckinghamshire County Council's First Response Team on 0845 4600 001 if they have any concerns around child sexual exploitation.

Eight people were charged last year in connection with the case.