OAP arrested in child abuse inquiry

A PENSIONER has been arrested in St Leonards on suspicion of child abuse dating back to the early 1980s.

The 70-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday morning by officers from the Metropolitan Police force.

A 66-year-old man was was also arrested in Norfolk at the same time.

The arrests were part of Operation Fernbridge, a multi agency investigation supported by the NSPCC, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and Richmond Social Services.

The allegations relate to the former Elm Guest House and Grafton Close care home in Barnes, south London.

Metropolitan Police confirmed the allegations were initially assessed under Operation Fairbank, which was information passed to police by MP Tom Watson.

Operation Fairbank was a police investigation into alleged sexual abuse by British politicians in the 1980s.

Both men were released on police bail on Wednesday evening pending further enquiries until April.