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High Wycombe sex abuse gang suspects arrested in raids

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Image caption Police said the investigation found allegations dating back to 2007, when the alleged victim was 12

Suspected members of a sex abuse gang have been arrested in a series of raids in Buckinghamshire.

Thames Valley Police said a girl claimed she had been abused between 2007 and 2012 and they believed there may be other victims.

Officers made the arrests in High Wycombe, targeting people suspected of child exploitation.

The eight men, aged between 20 and 28, are being held over "serious" sexual abuse, the force said.

'Lengthy investigation'

Police began an investigation in December last year, uncovering allegations dating back to 2007, when the alleged victim was aged 12, a force spokesman said.

Det Ch Insp Vince Grey praised the girl, who is under 18, for having the courage to speak to police.

"In terms of child exploitation, the general premise is there will be a number of victims," he said.

"With this particular victim, she's mainly discussed actions involving herself, not going into any great details in terms of other persons, but we believe in terms of what she told us that there will be other victims."

The force is appealing for other potential victims to come forward.

Mr Grey said: "We will not tolerate child exploitation in Thames Valley and today's warrants are part of a lengthy investigation spanning many months."

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