East London arrests made over teenager rape
Police have arrested eight people following a rape and sexual assault of a teenage girl.
Officers said the alleged attacks on the victim, who is under 16, took place between May and November last year. Dawn raids took place at nine addresses in Newham, Redbridge, Havering and Hertfordshire.
The arrested men are currently in custody at an east London police station.
They range in ages from 21 to 24-years-old.
Officers also seized cash and drugs from addresses in Newham.
Another three people - two from Newham - were arrested on suspicion of fraud.
DCI Adam Lowe from the 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. Our enquiries continue.
"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 on 020 8217 6531, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."