Sex conspiracy police operation cost £200k

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A POLICE investigation into a sexual offence conspiracy that saw three serving officers arrested cost £200,000.

All the men held under Hampshire police’s Operation Annaside were released without charge.

Six men, including the three police officers, were arrested in December 2014 after a woman gave information to police about alleged offences on the Isle of Wight.

Seven men were arrested in February this year before the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge the men and they were released.

Figures released show the operation cost £200,187.

Estimated duty time cost £148,852, forensics £34,000, overtime £11,609, travel or accommodation £5,326, and £400 of other costs.

The figures show 139 officers worked on the case, including for investigation, scene guard, custody, scenes of crime and house searches. A senior detective from Thames Valley Police reviewed the case and said the investigation was ‘very balanced, proportionate and timely’.

Regarding cost, a police statement said: ‘Work required meticulous care and precision due to the exceptionally sensitive nature of these accusations, and the impact on the lives, families and welfare of everyone affected.’