THE co-founder of an American-style children's camp in Bushey has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause cruelty to children.

Tal Landsman was one of the directors of LL Camps, based at St Margaret's School in Merry Hill Road. He has been charged with conspiracy to cause cruelty to a child and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The 25-year-old, of Admiral Drive, Stevenage, was arrested on Thursday, August 27, along with two others in an operation led by detectives at Hertfordshire Constabulary's specialist joint child protection investigation unit.

Larry Lewis, 55, of Lullington Garth, Borehamwood, has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Adrianne Landsman, 56, of Gresham Road, Edgware, has been charged with conspiracy to wilfully neglect children so as to expose them to risk of harm.

The investigation is in relation to the closure of the camp. Another director, Ben Lewis, was last month arrested and charged with possessing indecent images of a child.

Police say all the charges relate to the potential destruction of evidence and obstructing police in their enquiries, and the responsibilities of the safeguarding of children between August 1, 2015 and August 27, 2015.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Newsome said: "We fully understand that parents and professionals will be concerned due to the nature of the investigation, but we are making significant progress to determine the full facts of what remains a complex investigation.

"If anyone has further information they are asked to contact 101 where they will be signposted to an officer on my team."

All three have been released on bail and are due to appear at St Albans Magistrates Court on October 6.