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New campaign to tackle child exploitation

Police in Sussex have launched a new campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Officers believe around 140 youngsters in the county are at risk.

Around half of the offences involve online activity.

The three month campaign will aim to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, and encourage victims to come forward.

ITV Meridian spoken to Dep Supt Jason Tingley Sussex Police.

Two men charged with sexually assaulting 13 girls

Police investigating alleged child sexual exploitation in Sussex have charged two men in connection with a series of 24 sexual offences against 13 local teenage girls in Littlehampton.

Osmon Koroma, a labourer, 30, of Norton Road, Hove, has been charged with eight offences against six girls. They were; two rapes, five sexual assaults and one offence of sexual activity with a child.

Max N'Gasa, a gardener, 24, of Cranmer Avenue, Hove, has been charged with 16 offences against nine girls. They were; two offences of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and eight offences of sexual activity with a child.

The charges follow an intelligence-led child sexual exploitation investigation by detectives from the Sussex Police Safeguarding Investigation Unit (SIU), which focused on allegations that local teenage girls, known to the suspects, were sexually exploited between 2010 and 2014.

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Child sexual exploitation raids result in eight arrests

Eight men are being questioned over allegations of child exploitation in Oxford. They were arrested in a series of dawn raids across the city.

More than a hundred officers from Thames Valley Police searched houses at 6 o'clock this morning. The alleged offences are said to have taken place between 1999 and 2007.

The specific addresses have not been disclosed, but police say patrols will continue in Oxford this evening. Kate Bunkall reports.

Police interview following child exploitation raids

Eight men have been arrested in connection wth alleged child sexual exploitation offences in Oxford.

More than a hundred officers took part in early morning raids at eight addresses across the city.

The men are suspected of offences including rape, sexual grooming and indecent assault.

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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Child exploitation gang members' appeal rejected

The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal to reduce the sentences of four members of an Oxford based paedophile ring.

The four men were jailed for life as part of Operation Bullfinch, which targetted a gang who plied girls with drink and drugs before assaulting them.

Child exploitation trial hears from "victim"

A fourteen year old girl has told a court how she was drugged and sold for sex at fast-food outlets in Kent by an Eastern European gang.

She's the key prosecution witness at the trial of three men and two women facing 19 charges including rape and causing child exploitation.

The trial follows a series of police raids across the south-east in an operation led by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate. From Canterbury Crown Court, David Johns reports.

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