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Officers held in sex plot probe

Three serving police officers are amongst six men who have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit serious sexual offences against an adult victim.

The suspects were arrested today in relation to the offences alleged to have taken place on the Isle of Wight.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: "O fficers from Hampshire Constabulary arrested six men on suspicion of conspiracy to commit serious sexual offences on the Isle of Wight.

"Three of the six are serving Hampshire Constabulary police officers.

"The arrests follow recent information reported by a victim who is a member of the public. The information relates to incidents alleged to have taken place during 2014. The investigation is ongoing."

Hampshire Constabulary's Isle of Wight District commander, Superintendent Julie Fry said: "A key part of maintaining public trust and confidence is fulfilling our responsibility to investigate fully any allegation, irrespective of those involved.

"Specialist officers are providing care and support to the victim, and we would ask the public and the media to respect the welfare of everyone affected at this early stage of the investigation."

The police spokesman would not confirm the gender of the victim or provide any further information about how the victim came into contact with the officers or the other suspects.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Robin Jarman said: "The allegations made against officers from Hampshire Constabulary are extremely alarming. The Police and Crime Commissioner will look to the Constabulary to ensure that these accusations are taken very seriously and that a full and thorough investigation is conducted.

"Residents of Hampshire and Isle of Wight should be reassured that allegations of this nature are extremely rare and do not reflect the high standards delivered by the vast majority of constabulary employees."

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