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Burton arrests made in child porn pic crackdown

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 17, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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POLICE in Burton have arrested several alleged paedophiles as part of nationwide blitz to track down people who trade in indecent images of children.

Staffordshire Police revealed three men from East Staffordshire were apprehended alongside 16 others in the county as part of a six-month operation co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) which netted 660 suspects across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Nine people were arrested in Derbyshire and nine across the border in Leicestershire as part of the crackdown.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Giles, of Staffordshire Police's child exploitation team, said: "We are committed to tracking and bringing to justice those involved in the possession and distribution of indecent abuse images of children.

"As a result of the information received from the National Crime Agency we have arrested 19 men from around the county, aged between 24 and 65.

"The men remain on bail pending further inquiries."

The focus of the operation was not only about tracing those suspected of criminal behaviour, officers said, but also to ensure the safeguarding of children across the country by working together using a co-ordinated and targeted approach.

Those arrested are said to have included people who had unsupervised access to children in the course of their work, including doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and also former police officers.

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