Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Eight charged over alleged child sexual abuse

Eight people have been charged with sexually abusing children in Hampshire, Lancashire, Berkshire and parts of London over a 21-year period.

The seven men and one woman face 61 charges, mainly of sexual assaults against six children under the ages of 16 and 13.

Between them, they are accused of abusing the children between 1988 and 2009 and a woman between 1977 and 1984.

The defendants will appear before magistrates in Andover on 10 November.

The suspects were arrested following an operation by Hampshire Constabulary.

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