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Man released on bail in Operation Kenova investigation

A man arrested on suspicion of a series of murder and abduction offences being investigated by Operation Kenova has been released on bail.

The 72-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday morning by detectives and held for questioning at an undisclosed police station. He is the first person to be arrested by Operation Kenova, which was launched in June 2016 to investigate a range of alleged activities including murders, kidnaps and tortures dating back to the 1970s.

Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, who is leading the operation, said: "This arrest was a significant step in what continues to be an incredibly complex and wide-ranging investigation. My team is continuing to speak with witnesses and victims’ families and we are exploring a huge number of lines of enquiry.

“I cannot stress enough how important it has been for people to come forward to speak to the investigation team. It is very clear to me that there are many who see now as the right time to speak and help us get to the truth for the victims’ families. They deserve to know what happened to their loved ones.

“I ask that anyone, from whatever organisation or community, who might be able to contribute to that truth to come forward to speak either to me directly or the team. Anyone who contacts Operation Kenova will be treated with great care and respect.”

The 72-year-old man is on bail to return to police custody at a date in the near future.

Anyone with any information relating to Operation Kenova can contact the team by calling 01234 858298 or by email