Police investigate Chinese link to £100m stealth fighter jet project
A former Rolls-Royce engineer has been arrested at his home in Derbyshire over a suspected Chinese plot to steal the secrets of the new £100m RAF stealth fighter jet, according to reports.
The Sun says that former chief combustion technologies Bryn Jones was held after a tip-off from MI5 to the Metropolitan Police that top secret defence information was being leaked to China.
According to the newspaper, counter-terror police arrested Jones as his Derbyshire home on Tuesday. He was questioned and detained on suspicion of breaching the Official Secrets Act.
Offices of a West Midlands firm linked to Jones have also been searched by forensics experts.
Jones’s LinkedIn profile says he has been a combustion engineer with Coventry-based Bladon Jets since 2014. He is also described as a visiting professor on gas turbine combustion as the Aeronautical University of Xian.
He worked for Rolls-Royce in Derby for over 30 years, latterly as chief combustion technologist. He left in 2003, but The Sun says he has kept links with the Derby manufacturing giant.
A Met Police spokesman said: “At approximately 14.20hrs on Tuesday, 12 June 2018, officers from the Metropolitan Police Service arrested a man in Derbyshire as part of an investigation under the Official Secrets Act.
“The man, who is in his 70s and worked within private industry, was taken to a police station in Derbyshire.
“He was released under investigation later that evening.
“Police officers executed a search warrant at an address in the West Midlands, which is now complete.
“A search at an address in Derbyshire is ongoing.”