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  • 6 March 2013, 14:49

Eight Men Arrested Over Rape Of Girl Under 16

Police have arrested eight men in east London and Hertfordshire on suspicion of grooming and raping a girl under the age of 16.

The arrests were made after officers went to nine separate addresses in the east London boroughs of Newham, Redbridge and Havering, and an address in Hertfordshire, about 5am on Wednesday.

The detained men are aged between 21 and 24 years, police said in a statement.

The arrests are the result of an investigation launched by detectives following an allegation related to offences committed between May and November 2012.

The eight men are currently being held at an east London police station.

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Lowe from the MPS 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.

"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."

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