Six arrested over IW sex offences: Three are serving police officers

Shocking news about serving police officers over suspicion of conspiracy to commit serious sexual offences on the Isle of Wight.

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This in from the police, in their own words. Ed


This morning (Thursday, December 11) officers 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.”

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Thursday, 11th December, 2014 2:50pm

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The Sciolist

I hope they will name them? Do they not usually name people arrested in connection with sex offences?

It will stink if it’s one rule for them..

anon

No, they most certainly should NOT name them.

These people have been arrested – NOT tried and convicted.

Until they are proven to be guilty, they must be presumed innocent. Releasing their names before a conviction would be unthinkable.

Anon Again

Anon – standard procedure is releasing names on charge not conviction – a public trial is key part of justice.

Of course, the Police themselves aren’t above leaking names on arrest or even inviting the media along for the fun of the arrest if it’s a bit of juicy gossip.

John Thomas

“Until they are proven to be guilty, they must be presumed innocent. Releasing their names before a conviction would be unthinkable”

Agree, so why was it ok for them to name Sir Cliff Richard and a host of other celebrities recently for similar said offences?

Billy Bongo

“Agree, so why was it ok for them to name Sir Cliff Richard and a host of other celebrities recently for similar said offences?”

It might be legal but it certainly isn’t OK…

billy muggins

Dont loose faith in the police they tell us. What when they corrupt. I think we will dont you?

The Sciolist

It’s not just Sir Cliff thou is it? The police seem quite happy to name anyone arrested for questioning when they are ordinary citizens, DJ’s, ex DJ’s, teachers, musicians. Either name everyone arrested for sexual offences or no-one. The police cannot decide for themselves that they alone are a special case.

dougie

Our police force is 100% honest, how can any of you think otherwise?
I am sure the accused officers will be treated with the same dignity, and questioned as fairly as any other person accused of a crime.
I just hope the evidence does not get lost in some mysterious way.

ryan

x famous person has been arrested on allegations of sexual crimes. If x can be named before charged, then so should any serving police officer. Same rules should apply to all.

Man-at-the-Bailey
The excuse usually given (by the police) is that simply knowing person x has been arrested on a sexual charge, flushes out any other victims, thus strengthening the case against the person under arrest. The media often correctly call this a fishing exercise. I think this happened in the DLT case, it certainly happened with other celebrities, who were eventually not charged with any offences despite being… Read more »
Mark Francis

According to Brian Paddick, the form used to be an exchange of plain brown envelopes in the Wapping McDonalds if you wanted any info out of Plod.
I assume that OTW is above this kind of thing – unless we have a whip-round maybe?

block8

I thought it was the BBC who named Cliff following a tip off.

Stuart Sampson

I note the story states serious sexual offences. That is a broad statement. I wonder if the charges refer to adults or children or an adult with learning difficulties? Maybe On the Wight or the police could clarify this.

Mike

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Mike Smith
See how the factual comment about the charge was taken off!! If I had started to name the officers and the solicitors then fair play take it down!!! Or next time should I just name them on here and facebook so the island can find out exactly who is who! I am disgusted that you couldnt have left it any longer just so a few people could… Read more »
Mike Smith

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