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Alex Reid arrested after row outside his Essex home

Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid together on August 24 at the gala performance of Batman Live Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Alex Reid has been arrested following a disturbance involving his fiancé, former Big Brother star Chantelle Houghton.

The 37-year-old cage fighter is still in police custody where he is being questioned on suspicion of criminal damage and using violence to gain entry to the couple's home in Brentwood, Essex in the early hours of this morning. A spokesperson for Essex Police said:

Police were contacted just before 1.30am this morning with reports of a disturbance at a property in Spital Lane, Brentwood.

A 37-year old man from Brentwood was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and using violence to secure entry, and is currently in police custody

Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid. Credit: Press Association

The couple have an 11-week-old daughter named Dolly and have been engaged for almost a year. 29-year-old Chantelle, recently told OK! magazine that her relationship with Reid has been "strained" and said their marriage plans were "on hold."

The couple had been together for six months when they got engaged last October.

Reid, the former husband of glamour model Katie Price, is reported to have briefly moved out of the couple's home in recent weeks.