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Operation Ribbon: Four further arrests
POLICE arrested four men during dawn raids across High Wycombe as part of its child exploitation probe, Operation Ribbon.
Thames Valley Police arrested four men – aged 19, 20, 21 and 22 – this morning on suspicion of committing various sexual offences against a girl. They are currently in police custody.
Area Commander, Supt Gilbert Houalla, said: “This is not uncommon and one arrest often leads to others.
“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.”
The raids were a continuation of Operation Ribbon, which resulted in seven men being charged and two others being arrested in November in connection with child exploitation in Wycombe.
Det Ch Insp Vince Grey, leading the investigation, believes there could still more victims out there that have not yet come forward.
He said: “We will not tolerate child exploitation in the Wycombe District and today’s warrants are part of a lengthy investigation spanning many months.
“We believe that it is likely 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.
“We will continue to work closely with our partners in Buckinghamshire County Council’s child protection team and our number one priority will always be to protect the victims, both their identities and wellbeing in such cases.”
Police are briefing community leaders about the second string of raids this morning.
If you are worried about somebody who you think may be a victim of child exploitation, call ChildLine on 0800 11 11 or visit www.childline.org.uk.
People can also call Buckinghamshire County Council’s First Response Team on 0845 4600 001 with any concerns around child sexual exploitation.
If you have any information about either this investigation or child exploitation, contact police on the 101 enquiry line.
Alternatively, if you do not wish to speak to police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
We will have more on this story later today.