December 5 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Twenty-four people including six from our region have been arrested as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) operation relating to child pornography.
The operation was conducted in partnership with constabularies in Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, and the West Midlands police forces.
The Norfolk individuals who were arrested are from the Breckland, Norwich and Great Yarmouth areas, while two men from the Beccles area – aged 43 and 61– were also arrested.
A Norfolk police spokesman said: “Four people have been arrested and one person has been interviewed under caution, as part of an NCA operation, run in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary and the other regional forces.
“The operation took place between October 18 and 24, with those interviewed suspected of being involved in the distribution of indecent images of children.
“Those interviewed include a man in his 30s, a man in his 40s, a man in his 50s and two men and one woman in their 60s from the Breckland, Norwich and Great Yarmouth areas. All have been bailed pending further enquiries.”
The operation saw 29 warrants executed across the six counties. Those arrested are suspected to be involved in the distribution of indecent images of children.
Multiple people in positions of trust, as well as two registered sex offenders, were arrested. The crime agency provided 30 officers to assist forces with searches and forensically examining technology that was seized. During 2012, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) command estimated that around 50,000 individuals were downloading and sharing indecent images of children.
Andy Baker, deputy director of the agency’s CEOP command, said: “The possession of indecent images of children is a form of child sexual exploitation that requires no direct interaction with a victim, but causes considerable harm to those who are depicted.
“The NCA will work tirelessly with partners, both within the UK and overseas, to ensure those who pose a risk to children are identified and where a crime has been committed, are held accountable for their actions”.
Det Sgt Gavin Conder, of the Bedfordshire Online Investigation Team, said: “This has been an increasing aspect of work in the last few years and one that is important to continue for the sake of children everywhere.”