A COMPANY said to be behind the “dirty dossier” on US President-elect Donald Trump has links to Hampshire.

Orbis Business Intelligence has its registered office in Chandler’s Ford and one of its two directors lives in Winchester.

The other director is former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, 52, who has been unmasked as the author of the 35-page dossier.

It contains a raft of unsubstantiated allegations, including claims that Russian security chiefs have compromising material on Mr Trump that could be used to blackmail him.

But the 70-year-old Presidentelect has angrily dismissed the allegations and condemned the media for peddling what he described as “fake news”.

Mr Steele, a father of four, spent most of his 20-year MI6 career on the organisation’s Russia desk.

At one point he ran a course for newly-recruited intelligence officers at its Hampshire training establishment - rumoured to be Fort Monckton in Gosport.

In 2009 he founded Orbis Business Intelligence with former Foreign Office official Christopher Burrows, who has not been linked to the dossier on Mr Trump.

Orbis is based in London but the company also has an office at Highland House in Mayflower Close, Chandler’s Ford.

Mr Burrows lives in a large detached house in Winchester. Last night he declined to talk about Mr Steele, who fled his £1.5 million Surrey mansion last week after the dossier was leaked to the media.

Mr Burrows said: “I have nothing to say about Mr Steele or Mr Steele’s work. We will be considering our position and will no doubt be speaking to the media in the next few days.”

The 58-year-old businessman had previously refused to confirm or deny reports that the dossier was produced by Orbis.

“I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to make any comment at the moment on what happened, whether Orbis has been involved or not,” he said.

Mr Steele was reportedly hired by anti-Trump Republicans and supporters of Democrat rival Hillary Clinton to investigate the billionaire. He spent more than a year on the project and was sufficiently concerned to pass his findings to the FBI last August.