I only had my suspicions that the gang arrested in High Wycombe would prove to be Muslim, based on several things.
The media carefully no mentioning ethnicity, or saying that ‘ethnicity is not known’.
Steve Baker the MP saying “I am grateful to Superintendent Houalla and the team at Wycombe police station for holding a briefing this morning with a diverse group of prominent citizens. Leaders from across the town were united in insisting that our young and vulnerable children must be defended from abuse. We agreed to stand together against criminality of this disgusting kind irrespective of the ethnicity of the accused . . .” which is tantamount to admitting that the men are not ‘white British’.
The arrests in March of a Muslim sex gang in nearby Oxford who appear regularly at High Wycombe Magistrates court.
A remarkably similar MO to that of other sex gangs.
The history of terrorist activity among Muslims in High Wycombe.
The Daily Mail confirmed earlier today that the men arrested are ‘Asian’ which is of course code for Muslims (with a background from the Indian sub-continent)
A gang of Asian men were arrested during pre-dawn raids yesterday on suspicion of being part of a Home Counties paedophile ring.
The eight suspects were hauled from their homes at around 5am by 100 officers after a three-month investigation into child exploitation.
Police carried out the raids after a teenage girl told them how she had been raped and abused for five years from the age of 12. Although only one victim has come forward so far, detectives believe the paedophile ring could be responsible for abusing several other girls.
Officers are understood to be investigating claims that one of the 10 homes in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, which were raided was used to host parties where girls were abused.
The victim who has come forward is understood to have told a social worker how she was ‘handed around among the men’ for five years. Last night neighbours living next to one of the homes that was raided claimed it was often used for wild late-night parties by Asian men. The modest terrace home in a quiet cul-de-sac was broken into using a police battering ram at 5am yesterday.
Forensic experts spent most of the day collecting evidence from the house while a van of uniformed officers remained nearby.
One neighbour, who asked to remain anonymous, said: ‘There were groups of them, Asian men, who would drive up in nice cars - BMWs and Mercedes - and have parties there. They didn’t live there. I don’t think anyone was living there. They just used the house for parties. The men looked well off. I feel sick thinking about it.’
All 10 men, aged between 20 and 28, were arrested on suspicion of committing various sexual offences against the girl. The investigation, codenamed Operation Ribbon, was led by Detective Chief Inspector Vince Grey who made an appeal for other victims of abuse to come forward.
He said: ‘With this particular victim, she’s mainly discussed actions involving herself, not going into any great details in terms of other persons, but we believe in terms of what she told us that there will be other victims.”
The other senior officer involved in the investigation is a very interesting man. I viewed a video clip of him briefing the press and found he had an unusual non English accent. So I looked him up. His name is Gilbert Houalla. He is French born (Toulouse) but has been in the British police for over 20 years, rising up the ranks from constable. He is of Lebanese descent (but I would imagine Christian from his Christian name) and spent a lot of his career in covert anti-terrorism. He also speaks several dialects of Arabic.
Terrorism and child sex abuse - a speaker of Arabic could be useful investigating both.