“14 held in sex abuse investigation in West Midlands and Chesterfield”

Police have made 14 arrests in a series of raids as part of an investigation into serious sexual offences against two young people.

14 males aged between 14 and 41 were arrested at five locations in the West Midlands and Chesterfield on Thursday and are being questioned by detectives at police stations across Staffordshire. The alleged offences were carried out in the North Staffordshire area.

Ch Sup Martin Evans, of Staffordshire police, said: “Today’s operation is to support an investigation into a highly sensitive matter and our first priority is safeguarding and supporting the victims, and the most vulnerable in our communities.

“Together with our partners, we have already taken action to protect those we know are affected by this crime. It is vital we allow this sensitive investigation to establish the facts and we urge the public not to prejudge the outcome of the criminal justice process.”

(source)

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