Yesterday, the Metropolitan Police announed that there had been raids on those suspected of rape and child sexual exploitation that involved the police visiting addresses in the London Borough’s of Newham, Havering and Redbridge and also Hertfordshire.
The police appear to be playing it very quiet regarding identifying those who have been arrested but, at present, it doesn’t appear that there have been any charges as yet, so it is quite normal that names have not been released. Suspicions the police are up to no good will only really surface if after charge, the police or the prosecution try to hide the names.
At present, there is no definitive indication that these arrests are yet another Islamic Grooming Gang in operation but the sort of areas the men and women were arrested in and the spread of ages of the alleged offenders and the age of the victim, certainly have similarities with other cases of this type.
I do hope I’m wrong and that this is not another Islamic Grooming Gang outrage but certain things make me think that there is a possiblilty that it could be. What do you think?
Below is the official police statement on the raids and the arrests.
Eight people have been arrested this morning (Wednesday, 6 March) on
suspicion of rape of a teenage girl under the age of 16.
In a pre-planned operation, at approx 05.00hrs officers attended nine
addresses in the east London boroughs of Newham, Redbridge and Havering,
as well as an address in Hertfordshire.
Those arrested are five 23-year-old men [A,B,C,D,E], a 24-year-old man
[F], a 21-year-old man [G] and a 24-year-old man [H].
The investigation was launched by detectives from the MPS Sapphire
Command following an allegation relating to alleged offences between May
and November 2012.
The men are currently in custody at an east London police station.
DCI Adam Lowe from the Sapphire Command said: “These arrests are part of
an investigation into rape and serious sexual assault carried out by a
group of men in Newham and the wider east London area. Our enquiries
“I would urge anyone who has been a victim of this type of offence or
who believes they have any information to please contact police on 020
8217 6531, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
= A quantity of cash was seized from an address in Newham. A quantity of
drugs was seized from a different address in Newham.
= A 26-year-old man [J] and two woman aged 47 [I] and 50 [K] were
arrested on suspicion of fraud. ‘I’ and ‘J’ were arrested in Newham. ‘K’
was arrested in Redbirdge.