LiveOperation Ribbon: Community meeting & patrols

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  • Wycombe police chiefs have briefed community leaders about Operation Ribbon.
  • Officers are patrolling the streets of High Wycombe for reassurance.
  • Eight men arrested earlier today on suspicion of 'child sexual exploitation'.


SF: We will have photos of the raids, the community briefing and a video of the press conference on the website soon.



Officers are out patrolling the town to reassure residents about Operation Ribbon.


The meeting has now finished - with the over-riding message being 'we will stand as one community'.


Summing up, GH: 'We will answer all questions we come across and if things get tough, we will stand firm and I would like the community to do so as well'.


Steve Baker open to communication with constituents regarding police matters. 


Leaders discussing how they move forward and support police, those affected by Operation Ribbon and the wider community.


GH: 'If there's a young girl being abused now and she sees the community being supportive, she is more likely to come forward.'


GH: 'This [incident] has an element of organisation about it'.


CS: 'We need people to come forward and help us'.


CS: 'There will be increased police patrols in the coming days'.


You have the whole community's support, says Marcus Khalil.


GH: 'What we say as a community is important'. Community leaders agree and vow to support TVP's operation.


Community leaders asking questions and for more details about the arrested men but police chiefs will not reveal further information at this time.


GH: 'It was a tight operation, my officers did not even know about it this morning'.


GH: 'The families of those arrested will need support.'


Supt Houalla: 'Eight people are in custody but not in Wycombe, two are outstanding.'


'We kept it low key as I'm sensitive of the history of Wycombe', Supt Houalla says.


Supt Houalla: 'At 3am about 70 officers from outside my area were briefed about the operation and then it took place at 5am.'


Supt Gilbert Houalla and Ch Insp Colin Seaton explaining Operation Ribbon to community leaders, including Steve Baker MP and school bosses.

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