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British soldier arrested on suspicion of child grooming in Northern Ireland

Police in Northern Ireland have confirmed that a British soldier was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of child grooming.

The 28-year-old was arrested after he had been identified by a high-profile sexual predator hunter in Aldergrove, Co Antrim. Police confirmed that a man was arrested on Sunday night.

Police stated: "Following information received and enquiries made by police a 28-year-old man was arrested in the Killead Rad area of Aldergrove on July 6, 2017 on suspicion of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming."

"He was later released on police bail, pending further enquiries."

It has been reported the soldier had been based at a facility formerly known as RAF Aldergrove close to Belfast International Airport.

According to the Irish News, the soldier used the internet to arrange a meeting with a person he believed was a 14-year old girl.

A spokesman for the MoD said: "I can confirm that a member of the HM Armed Forces based in NI is assisting police with their inquiries.

"Due to on-going legal proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment further."

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