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Nine potential child exploitation cases in Reading investigated

Police are investigating nine potential cases of child sexual exploitation in Reading.

The children cannot be identified for legal reasons but a number of Reading primary schools have been alerted by Thames Valley Police.

Supt Robin Rickard, leading the investigation, said the cases were "not believed to be gang-related".

He urged people to contact police if they had concerns about a child who may be being exploited.

He said: "Signs can include the child receiving unexplained gifts or money, being secretive on social media or suddenly hanging out with older friends."

In June 2012 Thames Valley Police allocated £500,000 to investigate child exploitation in the region over an 18-month period.

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