Hampshire businessman arrested after death of child

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A BUSINESSMAN educated in Portsmouth has been arrested on suspicion the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old girl in the Philippines.

Ian Charles Griffiths is alleged to have snatched Ellah Joy Pique as she left her school on the Philippino island of Cebu to exploit her in an online sex ring he was operating with his girlfriend Bella Santos.

The youngster was found dead at the bottom of cliffs on February 8. Local police allege that Mr Griffiths, 51, flew out of the country on the same day.

Philippine officials have charged him with the girl’s kidnap and murder in his absence and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Mr Griffiths, who lives in Highfield, Southampton, went to Portsmouth Grammar School from 1968 to 1978, leaving with three A levels. He went on to study for a BA in accounting at the University of Portsmouth.

He was arrested in north London on Friday and has been released on bail pending further inquiries.