LiveOperation Ribbon: Community meeting & patrols

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

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Summary

  • 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'.

11:57am

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

11:56am

10:28am

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

10:27am

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

10:13am

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'.

9:54am

Steve Baker open to communication with constituents regarding police matters. 

9:51am

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

9:47am

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

9:45am

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

9:39am

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

9:38am

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

9:37am

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

9:36am

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

9:33am

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

9:30am

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

9:26am

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

9:26am

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

9:24am

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

9:23am

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

9:20am

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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