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Merseyside cadet training camp assault claim investigated

Police are investigating claims an army cadet from Merseyside was assaulted at a training camp in Sussex.

The alleged incident happened on an annual Merseyside Army Cadet Force (ACF) trip to the national cadet camp in Crowborough in August.

Sussex Police said it had received one complaint over the alleged assault of a teenage girl while she was at the camp.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said it was aware of the events at the camp and action had been taken.

He said: "We are aware of the events which took place during the Merseyside ACF annual camp.

"These have been investigated and action has been taken.

"All those who are found to fall short of the Army's high standards or who are found to have committed an offence under the Armed Forces Act are dealt with administratively (up to and including discharge) or through the discipline process, as appropriate."

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "The matter has been looked into and we have liaised with Merseyside Police.

"We have now just received one complaint of alleged assault on a teenage girl whilst she was at the camp.

"Full details in writing of this complaint are still awaited but it will be investigated, as would any other such complaints if received in the future."

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