A NORTH-EAST man who was arrested in connection with a police investigation into a suspected paedophile ring has been charged by police.

Thomas O'Carroll, 60, formerly of Shildon, County Durham, will appear before magistrates today charged with offences relating to the possession, making and distribution of indecent images of children.

Mr O'Carroll, a writer, was arrested at his Shildon home on January 24, after a three-year nationwide investigation. He no longer lives at that address.

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Michael Studdert, 67, formerly of Hindhead, Surrey will appear on the same charge.

A 64-year-old man from Leicestershire, who was also arrested as part of the investigation, has had his bail extended while inquiries continue.