Child criminal exploitation warrants in Portsmouth

Officers in Portsmouth have carried out warrants and made four arrests as part of an investigation into child criminal exploitation related to the supply of illegal drugs in the city yesterday (October 9).

Hampshire Constabulary’s Missing and Exploited Team, with support from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, executed warrants at addresses in Paulsgrove and Fratton.

Officers arrested one man and three teenage boys and seized a quantity of Class A and Class B drugs, as well as an imitation firearm and more than £2,000 in cash.

Those arrested were:

  • A 22-year-old man from Portsmouth who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic children under the Modern Slavery Act and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
  • A 15 year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys from Portsmouth who were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

They have all been released from custody but remain under investigation.

The exploitation of children is a force priority and work with partners happens every day to keep young people in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight safer.

The Missing and Exploited Team seeks to safeguard young people believed to be at risk of exploitation, target perpetrators and manage missing people.

Detective Inspector Ross Toms said: “Operations like the one carried out yesterday are only possible by working with communities and our partners.

“We can take action but we need information to build up a picture of what is happening and identify the risks to young people.

“I would encourage all parents, teachers, carers, and others who live or work with young people to be aware of the signs that a child could be being exploited and contact us or one of our partners, such as Portsmouth City Council.

“Our priority is to keep young or vulnerable people safe. Child criminal exploitation can be complex and it’s important that our partnership response looks beyond the criminality we initially identify to ensure we protect those involved with the most appropriate outcome.

”Our message to those individuals exploiting young people is simple. If you choose to use children to supply drugs or exploit them for criminal purposes we will investigate you to pursue a conviction wherever possible”.

Family Fun Day – Celebrating International Day of Peace

Multicultural event
Partners from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hampshire Constabulary and Portsmouth City Council are organising an International Day of Peace Community Celebration on Saturday 22 September 2018, from 11am to 4pm at Southsea Fire Station. 
 
This family fun day will be a celebration of the things that make this city great, and we are hoping to see all the cultures and communities in Portsmouth represented there.
 
Many community groups have signed up to deliver a range of activities, cook food, perform and volunteer on the day. We will also have fun activities for all ages, including a bouncy castle, interactive arts projects, henna tattoos, face painting, and balloon modelling, as well as food vendors.
 
Please join us as we mark this year’s UN International Day of Peace with an opportunity to celebrate our wonderfully diverse great waterfront city.

Arrests made in connection with child exploitation investigation in Portsmouth

Police have conducted a series of warrants throughout Tuesday 21 August in Portsmouth and Havant.

The arrests are in connection with a complex and detailed investigation into criminal and sexual exploitation of teenagers in Portsmouth.

A number of victims have been identified and are being supported and safeguarded by the local authority, police and other agencies.

Portsmouth District Commander Superintendent Maggie Blyth said: “This investigation involves specialist teams across the force and it will take us some time to understand the details.

“Gathering details from victims is a delicate process and they are being supported through this. This support will be ongoing.

“We are taking a strong partnership approach to this investigation which will continue. We’d encourage anyone who thinks they may be able to help us to contact us, or if they are more comfortable a social worker, support worker someone else trusted.

“We are communicating directly within the community, anyone with concerns can also contact their local Neighbourhood Policing team.”

Nine people were arrested and have been released under investigation:

  • Two 17-year-old boys from Portsmouth
  • 23-year-old man from Portsmouth
  • 21-year-old man from Portsmouth
  • Two 15-year-old boys from Havant
  • 29-year-old man from Portsmouth
  • 13-year-old boy from Portsmouth
  • 14-year-old boy from Havant

Children’s Services at Portsmouth City Council have a dedicated phone number to report concerns relating to the welfare of young people in the city, 023 9243 7645.

Successful Child Sexual Crime support service extended to Portsmouth

FRANKIE Worker

Families in Portsmouth will soon be able to access the Frankie Worker counselling service, which supports young victims of child sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, and female genital mutilation (FGM) following decisions by Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, and NHS England to extend funding.

The Frankie Worker service provides support to some of the most vulnerable victims of sexual crime by offering specialist counselling at an early stage to prevent trauma from developing into poor mental health. Continue reading “Successful Child Sexual Crime support service extended to Portsmouth”

Local domestic abuse charity awarded £299,832 from Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust: Families in Stress

UP2U team

This is a partnership project with SDAS, Portsmouth City Council, University of Portsmouth and Royal Navy/Royal Marines Welfare (RNRMW) Service. SDAS will provide and evaluate a healthy relationships programme for Royal Navy (RN) personnel and their families: working with those using unhealthy relationships and/or domestic violence and abuse, including support for both partners.

Continue reading “Local domestic abuse charity awarded £299,832 from Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust: Families in Stress”