The arrest takes place after the disappearance of British toddler Katrice Lee

A person has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a British toddler who disappeared in Germany in 1981.

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Katrice Lee, from Hartlepool, disappeared on her second birthday from a supermarket near a British military base in Paderborn.

She was shopping with her mother Sharon in the Naafi store, near where her father Richard, a soldier, was stationed.

The military police reportedly started looking for a row house on Monday in the Moredon area of ​​Swindon.

An army spokesman refused to give the gender or age of the person arrested, nor what they were arrested on suspicion of.

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Katrice Lee, (photo) from Hartlepool, disappeared on her second birthday from a supermarket near a British military base in Paderborn

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Katrice Lee, (photo) from Hartlepool, disappeared on her second birthday from a supermarket near a British military base in Paderborn

She was shopping with her mother Sharon in the Naafi store, near where her father Richard, a soldier, was stationed

She was shopping with her mother Sharon in the Naafi store, near where her father Richard, a soldier, was stationed

She was shopping with her mother Sharon in the Naafi store, near where her father Richard, a soldier, was stationed

A MOD impression of what Katrice Lee could look like at the age of 38, issued last year

A MOD impression of what Katrice Lee could look like at the age of 38, issued last year

A MOD impression of what Katrice Lee could look like at the age of 38, issued last year

He said: & # 39; We can confirm that an arrest was made by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee on September 23 in connection with the disappearance of Katrice Lee in 1981.

& # 39; Because this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment further at this stage. & # 39;

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It is understood that Katrice's family has been informed of the arrest.

Katrice was missing while shopping for sweets for a birthday party at the British military supermarket.

Her mother realized at the cash register that she had forgotten chips and asked Katrice's sister to look at her.

When she returned to what she was estimated to be less than a minute, Katrice was gone.

Her sister said that Katrice had followed her and she believed they were together.

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The case was reopened in 2000 after the original case became cold and led to the arrest of a former soldier.

But he was released without charge and the case was closed after three years.

There were further investigations in 2012 when the heads of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee admitted that mistakes had been made during the initial investigation.

In 2018, part of a bank of the Arne was dug up as part of new research into Katrice's disappearance, but nothing was found.

The five-week £ 100,000 military operation to try to find missing Katrice Lee's body has & # 39; nothing & # 39; the police said at the time.

Soldiers from the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee are conducting a forensic investigation in Paderborn, Germany
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Soldiers from the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee are conducting a forensic investigation in Paderborn, Germany

Soldiers from the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee are conducting a forensic investigation in Paderborn, Germany

Richard Lee, left, father of Katrice Lee, listens to a press conference given at the start of the five-week operation in 2018

Richard Lee, left, father of Katrice Lee, listens to a press conference given at the start of the five-week operation in 2018

Richard Lee, left, father of Katrice Lee, listens to a press conference given at the start of the five-week operation in 2018

Katrice & # 39; s mother Sharon, (photo) who has separated from Richard, said the toddler was gone within a few seconds & # 39 ;. She added: & # 39; It's a nightmare that never makes you wake up & # 39;

Katrice & # 39; s mother Sharon, (photo) who has separated from Richard, said the toddler was gone within a few seconds & # 39 ;. She added: & # 39; It's a nightmare that never makes you wake up & # 39;

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Katrice & # 39; s mother Sharon, (photo) who has separated from Richard, said the toddler was gone within a few seconds & # 39 ;. She added: & # 39; It's a nightmare that never makes you wake up & # 39;

Richard Lee, the father of a missing toddler, had welcomed the search, but said it should have happened years ago.

He said at the time: & # 39; We just have to do this. I don't want them to find anything, but frankly I'm having a hard time.

& # 39; It's a killer, definitely a killer. It is a return to my nightmare. & # 39;

He added: I feel bitterly angry and will never forgive the RMP for what they have endured my family. I will fight for my daughter to the end. & # 39;

Katrice & # 39; s mother Sharon, who separated from Richard, said the toddler was gone within seconds. She added: & # 39; It's a nightmare that never wakes you up.

& # 39; Nearly 37 years ago we became members of an exclusive club where we did not request membership, we became parents of a missing daughter.

& # 39; I'd really like to cancel that membership. & # 39;

Last year the Ministry of Defense gave an impression of what Katrice looks like at the age of 38.

Richard Lee, the father of a missing toddler, had welcomed the search, but said it should have happened years ago. He said at the time: & # 39; We just have to do this. I don't want them to find anything, but frankly I'm having a hard time. It is a murderer, absolutely a murderer. It is a return to my nightmare. & # 39;

Richard Lee, the father of a missing toddler, had welcomed the search, but said it should have happened years ago. He said at the time: & # 39; We just have to do this. I don't want them to find anything, but frankly I'm having a hard time. It is a murderer, absolutely a murderer. It is a return to my nightmare. & # 39;

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Richard Lee, the father of a missing toddler, had welcomed the search, but said it should have happened years ago. He said at the time: & # 39; We just have to do this. I don't want them to find anything, but frankly I'm having a hard time. It is a murderer, absolutely a murderer. It is a return to my nightmare. & # 39;

Katrice was missing while shopping for sweets for a birthday party at the British military supermarket

Katrice was missing while shopping for sweets for a birthday party at the British military supermarket

Katrice was missing while shopping for sweets for a birthday party at the British military supermarket

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