Gloucestershire man arrested in internet paedophile swoop
A GLOUCESTERSHIRE man has been arrested as part of a national investigation into internet paedophiles.
The 68-year-old man, from Newent, near Gloucester, was arrested on suspicion of the making, possession and distribution of indecent images of children.
A county force spokesman said the man was released on bail to attend Gloucester police station on September 4.
The raids in different parts of the country were part of the operation led by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop).
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A Scout leader, a retired teacher and members of the Armed Services were among the 76 people arrested in raids as part of the operation.
Officers from more than 40 police forces executed more than 141 search warrants in the 48-hour operation led by Ceop.
Some 80 children were “safeguarded” following the raids. One in four were found at the properties searched by police.
Most of the warrants related to image offences, including the possession and distribution of indecent images of children, Ceop said.
Among those arrested were a referee, a pathologist, Government employees, a firefighter, an outdoor activities instructor and a computer programmer.
Known offenders who had breached the conditions of the Sex Offender’s Register were also arrested.
Ceop is publishing a report, entitled A Picture of Abuse , on the risk posed by people who possess indecent images of children and recommendations about how police can protect children.
Andy Baker, Deputy Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre:
“Given the increase in child abuse images online, the increase in reports we receive into CEOP and consequently the volume of intelligence reports police forces are dealing with, this report is timely. Understanding the risk that certain individuals pose to children is critical to those judgements made by dedicated and hard working officers working day in, day out in child protection. And it is vitally important that police forces have the resources to deal with these crimes.
“Behind every case of possession of indecent images lies the potential that contact sexual offences are taking place. No stone should be left unturned in order to identify and protect those children and CEOP will continue to work to support police and child protection organisations to do just that”.