Third arrest made over historic child abuse allegations at Elm Guest House in Rocks Lane, Barnes

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A third man has been arrested in connection with the investigation into historic allegations of child abuse in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House in Barnes.

Officers from Operation Fernbridge have today, Tuesday, July 9, arrested a 69-year-old at an address in west London on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.

He was taken into police custody and has since been bailed to return, pending further inquiries, in September.

Reverend Tony McSweeney, 66, from Norfolk, was arrested in February 2013, along with another man aged 70 from East Sussex on suspicion of sexual offences relating to the guest house in Rocks Lane.

Commander Peter Spindler from the Metropolitan Police said: "This is a complex multi-agency investigation supported by the NSPCC, Ceop and Richmond Social Services involving non-recent allegations of sexual assault against children.

"It is vital that anyone who has been affected by or has information about activity in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House, or the Grafton Close care home in Barnes, speaks to the NSPCC on its helpline on 0808 8005000, or their local police."

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