Indian-origin man among rape accused in UK

Vikram Singh has been charged on four counts of rape of a girl under the age of 16.

By: Press Trust of India | London | Published:September 4, 2014 5:52 pm

A 45-year-old Indian-origin man in the UK is among eight people to have been charged with child sexual exploitation dating back to 2005 after police carried out raids in southeastern part of the country.

Vikram Singh has been charged on four counts of rape of a girl under the age of 16, three counts of rape of a girl under the age of 13 and one count for administering a substance with the intent of committing a sexual offence after Thames Valley Police raided his home in Buckinghamshire.

Singh will appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court with seven others after an inquiry into child sexual exploitation allegations dating back to 2005. All those charged are men aged between 28 and 45. Three other men arrested in connection with the inquiry have been released without charge.

The police raided the area on September 2 and arrested them. Thames Valley Police carried out the raids under the banner Operation Articulate. Around 120 policemen raided 13 properties in the county earlier this week after two victims came forward to report the sexual exploitation they suffered between 2005 and 2012.

Detective Chief Inspector Gill Wooten from the Thames Valley Police’s major crime unit, said that the force is “grateful” to the two victims for coming forward. Acting Superintendent Olly Wright has appealed to anyone with information about the offences, or any victims, to come forward to help bring the offenders to justice.

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