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Suspected paedophiles arrested in national crackdown on online child porn

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A national operation to target paedophiles accessing indecent images of children online has seen seven people in Herts arrested.

More than 650 people across the UK were also arrested as part of the six-month crackdown co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency.

The figures had remained covert until today in order to protect children, identify offenders and secure evidence.

Of the men arrested in Herts, none were from Dacorum but two were from the Watford area. They ranged in age from 22 to 63.

They are all currently on police bail having been questioned on suspicion of possession of indecent images.

Herts Police says the force is at the forefront of the use of new and emerging technology to identify and prosecute sex offenders, including the use of lie detector tests to help manage the risks posed to children and families.

Det Chief Insp Stuart Orton, who lead’s the county’s dedicated Child Online Safeguarding Team, is investigating the suspected offences.

He said: “Our work to tackle these crimes and bring offenders to justice is very much on-going and we are continually carrying out proactive operations.

“These offenders actively promote the continued sexual abuse of children by downloading and distributing indecent images.

“They may think they are ‘invisible’ because they are alone and online, but they are not and we will use every power available to us to target those involved and ultimately safeguard children within Hertfordshire and around the world.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who has any information about those who are committing these offences to contact officers from the Child Online Safeguarding Team via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101.”

 

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