Man who stood in Portsmouth election arrested over child pictures

ARREST Patrick Rock
ARREST Patrick Rock
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A MAN who stood as a parliamentary candidate in a Portsmouth South by-election 30 years ago has been arrested over an offence relating to child abuse pictures.

Patrick Rock represented the Conservative Party in 1984 when he was beaten at the ballot box by Mike Hancock, then of The Social Democratic Party.

Mr Rock, who became the deputy head of Downing Street’s policy unit, has now resigned after being arrested by detectives from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on February 13.

It came a few hours after Downing Street reported the matter.

Mr Rock, 62, was one of the advisors involved in the government’s policy on internet filters blocking child abuse images.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was ‘profoundly shocked’ by the allegations.

‘Obviously when I heard these allegations I was profoundly shocked and remain profoundly shocked today,’ he said.

‘I have to be careful about what I say about this issue because a criminal investigation is under way.

‘He did play an important role at Downing Street and he’s resigned that position.’