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.
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