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UK's RAF investigates child sex abuse at Berlin base


LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - British military authorities said on Friday they were investigating claims children were sexually abused at a former Royal Air Force base in Berlin in the 1980s and called for any potential victims and witnesses to come forward.

The alleged offences occurred between 1981 and 1989 and involved a former RAF serviceman who was stationed at RAF Gatow, in southwest Berlin, at the time, the Ministry of Defence said.

RAF police had interviewed the man, in his early 60s and from the London area, over allegations of sexual abuse of children while he was serving at the base.

"Anyone who served at, or had connections with, the former RAF base at Gatow during the 1980s and early 1990s, who believes that they have any information relating to the alleged offences, is urged to contact us in absolute confidence," said Wing Commander Mike Dixon, overseeing the investigation. (Reporting by Tim Castle; editing by Michael Holden)