Embryologist Paul Fielding was arrested last week in connection with the alleged embryo mix-up at two Hampshire fertility clinics. A police investigation was launched last month, after internal inspectors identified inconsistencies between the recording and storage of frozen embryos belonging to 39 couples.
In a statement, police said: 'Hampshire Police can confirm that a Whitchurch man was arrested on suspicion of deception and theft in connection with the inquiry into procedures and alleged deceptions at the private Hampshire Clinic and the North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke.' Fielding was interviewed and later bailed, pending further police inquiries.
A spokesperson from the Hampshire Clinic said at the time of the allegations that there was 'no question' that any embryo had been either fertilised with the wrong sperm or implanted in the wrong mother.