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Paratrooper arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse while on exercise

Published December 4, 2014 by misty534

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A PARATROOPER from Colchester has been arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse in Austria.

It is alleged a member of the town’s 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery broke into a home and sexually abused a six-year-old girl.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “The Army is aware of the arrest and detention of a soldier in Austria on November 29.

“This is a matter for the Austrian authorities and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”

7 Para RHA has been on exercise carrying out mountain training in the region but is normally based at Colchester Garrison as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade.

More to follow.