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London police officers accused of water torture

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  • Scotland Yard does not elaborate on why officers are under investigation
  • UK media reports police officers allegedly tortured drug suspects with water
  • UK media say torture claims are part of a wider investigation into police conduct
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- The conduct of six suspended London Metropolitan police officers is under investigation, Scotland Yard confirmed, amid British media reports that they allegedly tortured drug suspects.

Police officials did not elaborate on why the officers, based just north of London, were under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

According to the Scotland Yard Tuesday, a fellow officer came forward with information which "raised concerns about the conduct of a small number of officers on Enfield borough" in connection to the arrests of five people in November. The department's investigation resulted in a referral to the police complaints commission in April.

The Scotland Yard statement acknowledged "these are serious allegations that do raise real concern," without giving details.

The Independent newspaper reported on its Web site that the officers "are understood to have pushed the suspects' heads into buckets of water in a bid to force them to reveal the locations of drugs."

"The torture claims are part of a wide-ranging investigation which also includes accusations that officers fabricated evidence and stole suspects' property," reported The Times in London on its Web site. "It has already led to the abandonment of a drug trial and the suspension of several police officers."

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