Deputy Chief Constable Derek Benson of Essex police
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Essex police apology over child abuse investigations

Essex police force has apologised to alleged child abuse victims after it found problems with 30 investigations involving 59 children.

One police officer has been suspended and 11 others have been put on restrictive duties.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is currently reviewing 28 of the cases.

Deputy Chief Constable Derek Benson told the BBC there had been issues around "supervision" and the "quality of the investigations".

Mr Benson said he had written to the alleged victims and had "apologised for any distress or hurt".

  • 11 Feb 2015