High Wycombe: Child Exploitation Arrests

Eight men in their 20s have been arrested in raids in High Wycombe by police investigating the alleged sexual abuse of a girl.

Warrants under the Sexual Offences Act were carried out at 10 properties and the men, aged between 21 and 28, are currently in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Vince Grey, leading the investigation, said the arrests are part of a lengthy operation spanning many months.

He said they won't tolerate child exploitation in the Thames Valley; "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.

Det Supt Rob Mason on Operation Ribbon

"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."

Officers prepare for dawn raids

Wycombe Area Commander, Supt Gilbert Houalla, said they are fully committed to protecting the vulnerable and challenging the offender, especially with 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."