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Essex police officer arrested over child grooming

A police officer has been suspended from duty after being arrested by his own force on suspicion of child grooming.

The officer serves with Essex Police and was arrested in a Braintree supermarket car park over arranging to meet a child under the age of 16.

He was held on Wednesday after a third party passed information to the force.

Essex Police said the officer has been suspended “pending the outcome of the investigation”.

It added he had been released while inquiries continue.

A separate and independent unit to where the officer worked undertook the initial investigation, the force said.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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