More local victims of child sexual exploitation could still come forward according to Aylesbury’s police chief.
On the day that around 120 police officers raided homes in Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Buckingham, Chesham and Middlesex under the Sexual Offences Act, police commander Olly Wright has urged further victims to come forward.
Launching the appeal, the commander for Aylesbury, which is where six of the eight arrests took place, said: “The aim of this operation is to protect victims, bring offenders to justice, and to offer help to any others who we are encouraging to come forward.
“We will continue to work alongside our partner agencies to offer any support victims need as we carry on with this investigation.
“I understand today’s events will have an impact on the community and people will be concerned about the nature of these arrests.
“As you can understand, we are in the early stages of this investigation so may not be able to provide all the information straight away, but we will work hard to make sure the community is kept updated when we can.”
If you are worried about somebody who you think may be a victim of child exploitation you can call ChildLine on 0800 11 11 or visit their website www.childline.org.uk
If you have any information about this type of crime, please contact Thames Valley Police on the non-emergency number 101.
If you don’t want to speak to police, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Buckinghamshire has a county-wide service for young people known as Barnardo’s ‘R-U-Safe?’ which is able to offer advice and support to any young person worried about these issues. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Text: 07546 075 638 or visit www.barnardos.org.uk/rusafebucks