By Damien Gayle
Last updated at 3:59 PM on 3rd September 2011
Arrested: Lance Corporal Mark Neal, 28, guarded the Queen and was decorated for his service in Afghanistan
Police investigating an alleged paedophile ring at Windsor Castle have arrested a second soldier from the Queen's elite Household Cavalry.
Detectives raided the home of Lance Corporal Mark Neal, 28, on the Broom Farm Estate, Windsor, yards from the home of child rape suspect Lance Corporal of Horse Simon Davies.
Neal, who has guarded the Queen and was decorated for his service in Afghanistan, was away on exercise 90 miles away at a tank training range in Bovington, Dorset.
Detectives have questioned him on suspicion of conspiracy to sexually assault a child and possessing indecent images, the Sun reported.
Neal's arrest comes just a week after his colleague Davies, 37, who lives just 100 yards away on the same estate, appeared in court charged with raping a pre-teen girl.
Davies's 44-year-old wife, Fiona, appeared alongside her husband accused of aiding and abetting rape. The couple have been remanded in custody.
Police were yesterday scouring Neal's three-bedroom house, where they were seen removing documents, photo albums and a computer. He has been bailed until September 11.
The cavalrymen were arrested after police found footage of Davies allegedly raping a young girl during a raid on a London home.
Police swooped on the house as part of an investigation into a child porn ring. It is believed the footage was being circulated online by paedophiles.
Davies was allegedly identified from the video clip by specialist officers who traced the file through various internet service providers.
Scandal at the Palace: Another soldier who guards the Queen at Windsor Castle has been arrested on suspicion of paedophile offences
Neal and Davies both served at the time that Princes William and Harry joined the household cavalry as officers.
The Household Cavalry - made up of the Blues & Royals and Life Guards - is responsible for guard duty at Windsor Castle along with mounted and gate duty at Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace.
A cavalry officer told The Sun that the regiment was 'in meltdown' after the arrests.
'This is a total nightmare,' he said. 'The men are feeling it dreadfully. We dearly hope this is the end of it.'
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