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Eight arrested in child sexual exploitation raids

Eight men have been arrested this morning on suspicion of rape and sexual grooming in Oxford.

The men were taken into custody during dawn raids at eight properties across the city involving more than 100 police officers.

At a press briefing, Detective Superintendent Joe Kidman said the arrests were made as part of Thames Valley Police's Operation Sabaton.

He told journalists at the force's Kidlington headquarters that the men are suspected of offences including rape, sexual grooming and indecent assault.

Their crimes were allegedly committed against girls between 1999 and 2007, he added.

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New help for teenagers in Reading to deal with stress and depression

Advice booklet for teenagers Credit: Reading Borough Council

Secondary school children in Reading are being given a booklet to help them learn about mental health issues. The pocket sized book offers tips and advice on dealing with things like exam stress, depression and body image issues.

A BOOKLET outlining help and advice for mental health issues is being given to every secondary school pupil in the Borough. It's been funded by Public Health and is being distributed via secondary schools and is also available online at www.readingyouth.com.

Advice offered on stress, anxiety and exam nerves Credit: Reading Borough Council

Lead Councillor for Children's Services, Jan Gavin said

"This booklet has been issued in time for the exam season, but young people - in common with the rest of us - can suffer from stress and other mental health issues at any time. It has been produced with the input of young people and gives genuinely helpful advice on what to do and where to get help if you are a young person with questions about mental health."

To accompany the booklet, a special text number and email service is available until the end of the school summer term for young people to contact if they have any questions or concerns about mental health. Queries will be answered within 48 hours by a specialist in young people's health and wellbeing. Text 07537 414757 or email wellbeing@reading.gov.uk.

Bad weather causing ferry delays

Passengers on ferries travelling from Dover and Calais are faced with delays of up to one hour on DFDS Seaways due to adverse weather conditions.

Condor Ferries also announced last night that they would cancel their crossing from the South of England to France.

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New campaign by RNLI to raise cash

The RNLI is encouraging people to give up tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol to raise funds to help save more lives at sea. The H2 Only challenge involves only drinking water for10 days to raise money for the charity

Campaign by RNLI to raise funds Credit: ITV
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