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Sally Army paedo ring.

Byline: JOE SMITH EXCLUSIVE

A SALVATION army couple working on a British army base have been arrested in a massive paedophile crackdown.

Andy and Melanie Newing, who both hold the rank of captain in the Sally Army, were both held in Germany.

The couple work as canteen and book shop operators at a barracks in Bielefeld.

Yesterday, the Army confirmed their arrest for "paedophilic activities".

Squaddies have issued death threats since the Newings were arrested at their home last week. It is understood a soldier alerted the Special Investigation Branch - the Army's CID - after his own child was allegedly approached by the couple.

When officers raided their house, 700 yards away from the barracks where they worked, some 400 video tapes were taken away.

Investigators also took computers, discs, photographs and other material.

An Army source claimed last night: "They wore God's uniform to work but what we have seen in their home can best be described as the work of the devil."

Officers are investigating links to a Euro-wide paedophile network. Newing, aged 41, is now under arrest on a secure army base while his wife is being held elsewhere in Germany.

A special alert was put out on the British Forces Broadcasting Service on Wednesday seeking information about the couple.

Soldiers serving in the UK were asked to contact the SIB if they had any information about them.

The pair, charged under the 1987 Children and Young Persons Act for "paedophilic activities", wore their Sally Army uniforms to work every day.

One official said: "They had links to child pornography distributors in Holland, Scandinavia and to Cheb in the Czech Republic.

"Cheb is a notorious place; it is known as the Eastern European capital of the child sex trade.

"We believe this has been going on with this couple for some time. They have been in Germany for two years."

The Salvation Army has a long tradition in Germany of running on-base facilities like canteens and newspaper shops for soldiers.

The couple were well known to officers and men. Top Army brass were said to be horrified when they learned of the probe into their affairs, which has gone on for some weeks.

An Army spokesman in Germany said yesterday: "The Royal Military Police's Special Investigation Branch are taking forward a difficult inquiry into alleged paedophilic activity in Bielefeld.

"A married couple have been arrested and charged with offences under the Children's and Young Person's Act 1987."

German police are liaising with their military counterparts in case German civilian children have been caught up in the alleged outrages. It is understood images of children aged as young as two have been found.

The couple live in the Koenigsberg area of the German town, which is where many civilian workers for the army are quartered. Because of their status, they will probably be tried by court martial early in England next year.

The Salvation Army in Germany refused to comment.

Last night, it was claimed that a massive vice probe into kiddie porn in the USA would expose some of the biggest names in Hollywood as paedophiles.

A federal investigation, codenamed Operation Avalanche, has already resulted in over 100 arrests - and the US Department of Justice say there will be hundreds more, including celebrities.

Officers have targeted perverts who use computers and the Internet to organise abuse of boys and girls.

A source close to the inquiry revealed: "The people scooped up so far are just the tip of the iceberg. A new wave of arrests coming very soon will include major players in Hollywood."

He declared: "There are some heavyweight notables on the list and federal authorities are closing in on them."

Justice spokeswoman Lori Rabjohns, said: "These are people who appear upstanding members of society.

"They try to seduce kids or take naked pictures of them. We're talking doctors, lawyers, teachers - and celebrities."
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