Mildenhall airman arrested in grooming case

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A USAF airman from RAF Mildenhall has been arrested in connection with the alleged grooming of a 12-year-old girl.

Derbyshire police have confirmed he was arrested in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, last Friday and was released pending investigation.

Det Insp Toby Fawcett-Greaves of Derbyshire police said: “We arrested a 30-year-old man in the Bretby area of Burton on Trent, after allegations that he was attempting to meet a 12-year-old girl following grooming.

“The arrest was made on Ashby Road at around 7.35pm. Our investigation is continuing.”

A spokesman for the USAF at RAF Mildenhall said: “We can confirm that an airman assigned to RAF Mildenhall was taken into custody by Derbyshire police on 18 August.

“Jurisdiction has since been transferred to the [US] Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

“We continue to work in close coordination with our host nation counterparts to ensure the safety and well-being of our Airmen and the community. No further details are available at this time due to an on-going investigation.”

The base referred all further inquiries to the Chief of Public Affairs for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in the USA.