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Arrested Bishopsgate ex-police officer named in sex offence probe

A retired police officer arrested on suspicion of sexual offences has been named in the hope of encouraging witnesses to come forward.

James Walter Reginald Miller, 84, worked for the City of London Police between 1955 and 1985.

It is alleged he committed offences in the accommodation block of Bishopsgate Police Station between 1966 and 1968.

New policing regulations mean he has been named after arrest as it is considered in the public interest.

New guidance

Det Insp Clinton Blackburn said: "In 1966, Bishopsgate Police Station had an accommodation block for serving police officers and family.

"I am keen to speak to anyone who may have information that could help us - no matter how small the detail."

Mr Miller has been bailed pending further inquiries.

The College of Policing recently issued guidance which approved the identification of suspects.

It said that at the point of charge, forces can release the name, address, occupation and charge details, and must consult the Crown Prosecution Service if they want to withhold the information.

It also said the name could be released at the point of arrest if there were "clearly identified circumstances" such as a threat to life, to help the prevention or detection of crime or if it is a matter of public interest and confidence.

Warwickshire Police was recently criticised for initially refusing to name a retired police officer charged with theft.

The force later reversed that decision.

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