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Three more quizzed in Co Down sex abuse probe

Three more men have been questioned in connection with a major police investigation into historical sexual abuse in Co Down.

The men handed themselves in to police voluntarily last week but details were only released yesterday.

None have been arrested but all have been reported to Public Prosecution Service.

One man was interviewed by police last Wednesday in relation to an allegation of harassment.

A second was interviewed on Saturday in relation to two allegations of child sexual abuse.

The third man was questioned the next day in relation to an allegation of indecent assault on a child.

To date, 13 other people have been arrested in connection with the case.

One woman and three men were charged and have since appeared in court on a string of child sex offences.

Two of the accused are the parents of five alleged victims. Another man is a former part-time policeman.

All three, who cannot be named, were refused bail. They will reappear in court later this month. A fourth person, Patrick Kilmartin (56), from Bryansford Gardens, Newcastle, appeared in court on Friday charged with rape, indecent assault and gross indecency with a child who was eight years old at the time of the alleged offences.

He was remanded into custody and will reappear later this month.

Of the remaining nine people who were arrested, three men were released pending a report to the PPS in relation to sex abuse offences.

Three other men were freed on police bail, one in relation to sex abuse offences, another in relation to suspicion of taking and possessing indecent images, and the other in relation to intimidation.

A woman was released pending report to the PPS in relation to a cruelty offence and in relation to arson with intent to endanger life.

And two other men were also released pending reports.

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