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Ballymena child rape probe: Five people released

Published 12/11/2015

The PSNI said those arrested were not all linked to each other
The PSNI said those arrested were not all linked to each other

Five people arrested in Ballymena, County Antrim, during a child sexual exploitation investigation have been released.

Three men aged 23, 42 and 56 and woman aged 48 were released on bail on Thursday night. A 19-year-old man has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

A 27-year-old man remains in custody. All six were arrested in the Ballymena area on Thursday morning.

In a statement, Det Ch Insp Deirdre Bones, said: "It is important to note that although these arrests all took place in the Ballymena area, the suspects are not all linked to each other.

"This is not about organised sexual abuse by a group of people. The arrests are part of a wider PSNI investigation focused on child sexual exploitation."

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