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Six arrested in Chard and Yeovil in sex exploitation probe

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Rod Minchin

Six people have been arrested as part of an investigation into sexual exploitation of girls and young women.

Police raided four addresses in Yeovil and Chard in Somerset as part of the inquiry, which began in August.

Avon and Somerset Police said the investigation was launched after information was received relating to sexual offences allegedly being committed in Yeovil.

Yesterday’s raids saw four warrants executed at two residential properties and a business premises in Yeovil, and a residential address in Chard.

The warrants were made under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and the Misuse of Drugs Act and led to the arrest of five men and a woman.

Four remain in custody for questioning and two have been released on bail until early January.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones, who is leading the inquiry, said: “Since August we have been building up a picture of intelligence surrounding the sexual exploitation of girls and young women in the Yeovil area, resulting in these warrants.

“Our ongoing priority is to support and protect the victims of these offences and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice."