An employee of the Sovereign Base Areas has been formally charged with seven offences relating to corruption in a public office (accepting monies and services) linked to local businesses within the Western Sovereign Bases, SBA police confirmed on Thursday.

As the case remains under investigation no further details can be disclosed at this time, they said.

“As part of the ongoing investigation officers will be visiting local businesses to conduct enquiries and are appealing for any persons with information to get in touch via 1443, or by visiting the local M1 police station,” SBA police added in a statement.

The WSBA SBA Police Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Dave Purvis stated “I wanted to reassure all members of the public that allegations of this nature are treated very seriously by the SBA police as we are committed to tackling corruption and rooting out any bad apples within the Bases”

An SBAA spokesperson, said: “We are treating these allegations extremely seriously and would urge anyone with information to contact the police.  As this is now subject to a police investigation it would not be appropriate to make any further comment.”