THREE serving police officers from Hampshire Constabulary are among a group of six men who were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit serious sexual offences.

The force announced today that officers arrested the men following recent information reported by a victim, who is a member of the public.

The information relates to incidents alleged to have taken place on the Isle of Wight this year.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Isle of Wight district commander, superintendent Julie Fry, said: “A key part of maintaining public trust and confidence is fulfilling our responsibility to investigate fully any allegation, irrespective of those involved.

“Specialist officers are providing care and support to the victim.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Robin Jarman, deputy police and crime commissioner for Hampshire said the allegations made against the police officers from Hampshire Constabulary are “extremely alarming”.

He added: “The police and crime commissioner will look to the constabulary to ensure that these accusations are taken very seriously and that a full and thorough investigation is conducted.

“Residents of Hampshire and Isle of Wight should be reassured that allegations of this nature are extremely rare and do not reflect the high standards delivered by the vast majority of constabulary employees.”