Six men have been charged by child exploitation officers investigating a catalogue of alleged sex crimes against teenage girls.

Dawn raids were carried out on properties in Banbury, Oxfordshire, yesterday by around 45 officers, Thames Valley Police said.

The six local men arrested - aged from 19 to 21 - were held on suspicion of sex offences against five girls aged from 13 to 15 between 2011 and this year.

Those charged include Ahmed Hassan-Sule, 20, of Glyndebourne Gardens, Said and Mohamed Saleh, 20, both of Orchard Way, and Takudzwa Hova, 21, of Broughton Road.

In addition, police also charged Kagiso Manase, 20, of Warwick Road, and Alexandru Nae, 19, of Broome Way. All the men live in Banbury.

They will appear at Banbury Magistrates' Court today charged with a total of 22 offences, including rape, sexual activity with a child and inciting sexual activity with a child.

The operation heralded the first multiple arrests made by the Kingfisher team, set up in 2012 to tackle child sex exploitation.

The 20-strong team is made up of staff from Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire County Council and the health sector.

Together they share information, work with potential victims, investigate and detect crime and disrupt the activities of the perpetrators of child sex exploitation.