Fire service sex claims investigation

Essex police have launched an investigation into allegations of historic sex abuse within the county's Fire and Rescue Service.

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Inquest opens after firefighter's death

A firefighter found dead at his home in Colchester after being spoken to by police investigating sex abuse allegations within a fire service has been named at an inquest.

Serena Sandhu reports.

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Fireman found dead after sex claims

A firefighter has been found dead after being spoken to by police investigating sex abuse allegations within a fire service.

The man, who was in his 40s, was found dead at his home in Colchester on Monday.

It emerged yesterday that Essex Fire and Rescue Service alerted police after being told of sex abuse claims at fire stations in Essex believed to date back to the 1980s.

Essex Police confirmed that it had referred the man's death, which is not being treated as suspicious, to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The IPCC has referred the matter back to Essex Police after concluding it was satisfied with the force's handling of the case.

"During an internal investigation, senior managers were made aware of allegations of potential criminal activity within the service.

"These matters were alleged to have happened some time ago but, due to their serious nature and following clear legal advice, managers referred the matter to Essex Police.

"Since then, the service has been co-operating fully with the police inquiry and has advised staff to do the same."

– Spokesman for the fire service

Firefighter found dead after police interview

A firefighter was found dead at his home in Colchester on Monday, shortly after being interviewed by police in connection with a sex abuse investigation.

Police are not treating the case as suspicious. The death has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because of the police contact.

Fire service confirms investigation underway

An investigation has been launched into allegations of historic sexual abuse at Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

During an internal investigation, senior managers were made aware of allegations of potential criminal activity within the service.

These matters were alleged to have happened some time ago but, due to their serious nature and following clear legal advice, managers referred the matter to Essex Police.

Since then, the service has been co-operating fully with the police inquiry and has advised staff to do the same.

While this investigation continues, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

– Essex Fire Service spokesman

Essex Police confirmed a "number of people" have been spoken to by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate but so far no arrests have been made.

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Investigation launched into historic sex abuse claims

Essex Fire Service

Essex police have launched an investigation into allegations of historic sex abuse within the county's Fire and Rescue Service.

Bosses at the fire service informed police after they were alerted to the claims, believed to be linked to activities at fire stations in the county during the 1980s.

Neither the fire service nor Essex Police have confirmed the nature of the investigation but it is understood that the allegations are of a sexual nature, possibly linked to initiation ceremonies.

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