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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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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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