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Nurse slams 'cannibal probe' arrest

A British nurse arrested as part of an international investigation into cannibalism has insisted his involvement was because of "fantasy" and his "stupid" online writing.

Dale Bolinger said he had written "stupid things" online because it was "funny".

Dale, 57, is being investigated over alleged links to American policeman Gilberto Valle, on trial in the US accused of conspiring to kidnap, kill and eat six women.

Valle, 28, denies the charges but the court has heard he was in contact with a Briton who seemed to be acting as a "cannibalism mentor"

"None of this is real. It is all fantasy. I have spoken to the police and they are undertaking inquiries.

"It was my stupidity. Because of going online and saying stupid things and putting stupid things about, thinking that it was funny."

– Dale Bolinger

Bolinger, from Canterbury, was arrested on February 21 on suspicion of conspiracy offences, but also on suspicion of grooming and possession of child abuse images along with another man.

The father-of-two has reportedly been suspended by employer East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.