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forensicsearchnewportA total of 13 people have now been arrested in relation to allegations of serious sexual offences on the Isle of Wight following further arrests this week as part of Operation Annaside. 

As previously reported by Island Echo, forensic searches were carried out across the Isle of Wight in December with three serving Police officers and three civilians arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit serious sexual offences.

Now, nearly three months later, it has been confirmed that 7 more people have been arrested as part of the same investigation.

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Island Echo can reveal that the investigation is centred around an allegation from an individual local woman and in December resulted in a commercial property in the Sandown area being inch-by-inch searched for over 7 days, as well as further forensic searches at residential properties in Ryde and Cowes and two properties in Newport.

DNA, photographs, fingerprints and shoe prints have been taken from civilians working near to the unit in Sandown, which is believed to be the main focal point of the investigation. Island Echo has been told that officers from Kent collected CCTV from businesses surrounding the property in question.

forensicsspitheadresizedAt Spithead Business Centre in Lake, a sofa is believed to have been forensically examined.

Information gathered by Island Echo over the past 3 months reveals a truly shocking story which is ‘set to blow the Island apart’, the full details of which cannot be revealed at present for legal reasons.

The 6 men originally arrested last year were bailed until earlier this month, however has now been re-bailed to several dates in May alongside the 7 men arrested this week. The arrests took place on Tuesday and resulted in at least one property in Newport being forensically searched, in which it is understood three people were detained.

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None of the 7 arrested this week are Police officers or staff. The police officers arrested in December – believed to be a mix of CID and uniformed officers – remain suspended from duty while the criminal investigation continues.

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