Thames Valley Police has today carried out a series of warrants in Aylesbury and other Buckinghamshire towns relating to child sexual exploitation.
Around 120 officers executed warrants at 10 properties at 7am. Six warrants were carried out in Aylesbury, one in Milton Keynes, one in Buckingham, one in Chesham and one in Middlesex.
A number of warrants are still being carried out.
Eight men, aged between 28 and 45 have been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences and are currently in police custody.
Those arrested are:
- 32-year-old man
- 45-year-old man
- 32-year-old man
- 35-year-old man
- 40-year-old man
- 35-year-old man
- 28-year-old man
- 40-year-old man
The offences relate to two female victims in the Aylesbury area between 2005 and 2012.
“The police action taken today comes as a result of information given to the police earlier this year. We have been working closely with other agencies to investigate these matters, and to provide support and care for the victims. 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 the 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. Our neighbourhood policing teams are carrying out patrols in the area and will be doing their best to answer any questions, so please do not hesitate to approach them. If anyone has any concerns at all about offences relating to child sex exploitation, if they are a victim or know someone who may be, I urge them to contact Thames Valley Police on the 24-hour non-emergency number 101.”
An Aylesbury man who survived his battle with cancer which caused him to lose his voice has released a single to raise awareness of the disease.
Ray Coates from Aylesbury Vale battled with throat cancer since 2008 and some of his treatments saw him lose his voice for 6 months.
The singer decided release a single in order to raise funds and awareness of the disease and recorded a moving video to accompany the track.
Funds received from the sales of the single will go towards research into cures and treatment for cancer.
The song is dedicated to all those who have been affected by the disease; the families of the sufferers, survivors, medical professionals and those who have sadly lost their battle to cancer.
Town Centre markets in the Thames Valley are fighting back against fly-by-night traders who sell counterfeit and illegal goods on the cheap. They're supporting a major campaign to protect their livelihoods. Penny Silvester visited the new-look Aylesbury market. Watch her report here.
An appeal has been launched to find a missing schoolgirl from Aylesbury.
14-year-old Kirsty Winfield was last seen in the Weedon Hill district at around 6.30pm on Monday 14th April.
She was meant to return home at 8pm but was not seen again.
Kirsty was last seen wearing a white vest top, checked shirt, black leggings and plimsoll shoes.
The teen is described as 5ft 3ins, of large build with dark long red/ brown hair with a nose ring.
Police urge anyone with information to contact 101.
Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of a man in Aylesbury.
Nicholas Talburt, 22, from Fellows Park Gardens, Walsall, was charged with attempted murder, possession of firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and conspiracy to supply a class A drug
Marcus Macintosh, 20, of Waterside St, West Bromwich, was charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to supply a class A drug.
The men have been charged in connection with an incident on 16 March when a 43-year-old man was shot in Hilton Avenue, Aylesbury.
They both appeared at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court this morning and have been remanded in custody until Monday, when they are due to appear at Reading Crown Court.
The gift of sight is being given to blind patients thanks to a tiny telescope - the size of a pea - that's being implanted in their eyes. One of the first hospitals to carry out this visionary procedure is in Reading and it has already started to transform lives in our region.
Nia Mason reports on what the operation meant for Margaret Ward, one of the first patients to undergo the procedure. We also hear from Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon Ahmed El-Amir.
Two otter pups rescued after being found in Newbury during the floods are being cared for at an animal hospital in Aylesbury. It's believed the pups are around six weeks old.
A milk tanker has crashed into a house in Aylesbury- subsequently closing the road in both directions.
Ellen Road in Southcourt is likely to be closed for some time following the crash at 9.25am.
A milk tanker has collided with a house this morning in Aylesbury.
The crash happened at 9.25 this morning at Ellen Road in Southcourt, near the Witham Way junction.
There are no reported injuries apart from the driver of the lorry who has minor injuries.
The road is closed in both directions as firefighters access the structural damage to the affected building.
The road is likely to be closed for some time.
A serving soldier has been arrested in connection with firearms offences after bomb disposal teams were seen at a premises in Buckinghamshire.
It is thought the arrest of the soldier, in Aylesbury, is linked to ammunition that was found.
Up to three bomb disposal units were reportedly seen at a premises in Aylesbury on Sunday afternoon.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed that a soldier has been arrested in connection with firearms offences.
A spokesman said: "We can confirm a serving soldier has been arrested in connection with firearms offences.
"The matter has been handed over to the Royal Military Police.
"With their investigation ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment any further."