Cabinet Sec: No contact from officials with arrested adviser

Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has written to the shadow Cabinet Office minister to say "there has been no contact from officials" with former No 10 policy adviser Patrick Rock since his arrest over allegations linked to child abuse images.

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No 10 statement on aide held over 'child abuse images'

Downing Street has confirmed that a Number 10 policy aide has been arrested on suspicion of an offence related to child abuse images.

In a statement, it has said:

On the evening of February 12th Downing Street was first made aware of a potential offence relating to child abuse imagery.

It was immediately referred to the National Crime Agency (CEOP).

The Prime Minister was immediately informed and kept updated throughout.

Patrick Rock was arrested at his home in the early hours of February 13th, a few hours after Downing Street had reported the matter.

Subsequently, we arranged for officers to come into Number 10 have access to all IT systems and offices they considered relevant.

This is an on-going investigation so it would not be appropriate to comment further, but the Prime Minister believes that child abuse imagery is abhorrent and that anyone involved with it should be properly dealt with under the law.

Downing Street aide arrested 'over child abuse images'

Downing Street has confirmed that a Number 10 aide has been arrested on suspicion of an offence related to child abuse images.

Patrick Rock was arrested on Thursday 13 February. Credit: Steve Back/REX

Patrick Rock was arrested on Thursday 13 February after Downing Street reported the matter to the police.

It added that the Prime Minister "was immediately informed and kept updated throughout."

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