Bedfordshire Police officer on child sexual exploitation charge

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Bedfordshire Police said the officer was arrested on Thursday night

A serving officer with Bedfordshire Police has been charged with child abduction and arranging or facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child.

PC Elliot Wright, 29, a roads policing officer, was arrested in the county on Thursday following reports of concern for a teenage girl, the force said.

She was subsequently safeguarded and PC Wright suspended, it added.

The officer, who also faces an allegation of misconduct in public office, is in custody.

Bedfordshire Police said he had appeared at Hatfield Magistrates' Court on Saturday and was due before St Albans Crown Court on 23 April.

The matter was passed to another force for independent investigation and referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, it added.

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