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'Cannibal Cop' Case: Two Men Arrested In UK
Two men have been arrested in Kent as part of an investigation linked to a US case involving a policeman accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat dozens of women.
Gilberto Valle's trial in New York has been told of a stream of internet correspondence between the former NYPD officer and a Briton who used "MeatMarketMan" as an email address and "Moody Blues" as on online name.
The pair are believed to have met through an extreme sexual fetish website.
Prosecutors in New York allege Valle's cyber co-conspirator Moody Blues told the officer he had killed and eaten at least two women.
A string of graphic exchanges between Valle, 28, and Moody Blues were read out to the court by FBI agent Corey Walsh on Wednesday.
In one, Moody Blues insisted he and Valle would need a secluded place to cook a woman alive.
"I have a place on the mountains," Valle wrote. "Nobody's around for three quarters of a mile."
In another, Valle suggested a woman would be easy prey because she lived alone.
"I can knock her out, wait until dark and kidnap her right out of her house," he wrote, according to prosecutors.
Mr Walsh said Moody Blues suggested eating his victim alive, but Valle responded: "I'm not really into raw meat."
When asked Friday whether there had been any arrests related to the Valle prosecution in the States, Kent Police said they had briefly detained two men from Canterbury, the cathedral city situated southeast of London.
Kent police identified the men only as a 57-year-old and a 30-year-old, saying that they had been arrested on February 21 on suspicion of conspiracy, child grooming and possession of child abuse images.
Police said the men have since been released on bail, without charge.
The statement added: "Kent Police has been in contact with US law enforcement agencies in relation to this investigation."
Valle has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and improper use of a federal database system. If convicted, he could face a life sentence.
His defence lawyers say the more outlandish examples of online exchanges between Valle and friends he met on extreme sexual fetish websites were merely engaging in fantasies.