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Five arrested over child sexual exploitation investigation in High Wycombe

120 officers were involved in executing six warrants today

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:27pm 13th July 2020. (Updated at 1:33pm 13th July 2020) 4-minute read.

Five arrested over child sexual exploitation investigation in High Wycombe

Warrants were executed at six address in High Wycombe today. 

Five men, from High Wycombe, have been arrested on suspicion of a range of offences linked to an investigation into child sexual exploitation.

These include; rape, sexual activity with a child, arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and arson. 

Today's arrests are in connection with the sexual abuse of a teenage girl in 2020. 

Around 120 officers from Thames Valley Police executed warrants at six addresses in High Wycombe.

Detective Inspector Michael Anderson, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said:

“We have carried out these arrests as part of an ongoing investigation into the abuse of a child. The victim in this case has been safeguarded and her support remains our top priority.

“Within Thames Valley Police we are committed to tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and it will not be tolerated by us. We will continue to support victims, treating them with respect and sensitivity.

“If you think you have been a victim or know someone who has been a victim of child sexual abuse, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we will support you, we will listen to you and we will investigate thoroughly.

“Anyone who has been a victim should call 101 or if they are in immediate danger then they should call 999.”

Those arrested were:

  • An 18-year-old man from High Wycombe has been arrested on suspicion of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity contrary to Section 10 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence contrary to Section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • A 25-year-old man from High Wycombe has been arrested on suspicion of rape contrary to Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence contrary to Section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and arson Contrary to Section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971.
  • A 21-year-old man from High Wycombe has been arrested on suspicion of rape contrary to Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and sexual activity with a child contrary to Section 9 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
  • An 18-year-old man from High Wycombe has been arrested on suspicion of rape contrary to Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and sexual activity with a child contrary to Section 9 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
  • An 18-year-old man from High Wycombe has been arrested on suspicion of rape contrary to Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and sexual activity with a child contrary to Section 9 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

The 25-year-old man from High Wycombe has been bailed, the others all remain in custody at this time.

Superintendent Emma Burroughs, LPA Commander for High Wycombe, said:

“We are aware that there might be concerns following these warrants in the community, we are liaising with our community partners, if you wish to raise any concerns please speak to one of our neighbourhood policing teams.”

There is further information on Child Sexual Abuse on the Thames Valley Police website as well links to other partners who can support victims.

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