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Four men have been arrested in connection with a police probe into allegations of historical child sex abuse in Co Down

Four men have been arrested in connection with a police probe into allegations of historical child sex abuse in Co Down

Four men have been arrested in connection with a police probe into allegations of historical child sex abuse in Co Down

Four men have been arrested in connection with a police probe into allegations of historical child sex abuse in Co Down.

Officers from the PSNI's Public Protection Branch arrested three men - aged 70, 55 and 54 - in Newtownards, Lisburn and Newcastle yesterday morning.

A short time later they arrested a 52-year-old man in the Downpatrick area bringing the total number of arrests in the investigation to 13.

All the men were taken to Antrim Police Station for questioning in relation to "an investigation into allegations of serious historical sexual child abuse" in the Co Down area.

It is understood that the arrests are not linked to an investigation into paedophile priest Fr Malachy Finnegan.

A total of 18 people have come forward to report that they were abused by the former teacher and President of St Colman's College in Newry after a special unit was set up last month to determine the number of his victims.

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