Over 90 arrests made in police crackdown on online child abuse - The Rugby Observer

Over 90 arrests made in police crackdown on online child abuse

A ‘FAST-paced’ police operation to tackle online child abuse has resulted in more than 90 arrests.

Leicestershire Police’s Operation Guarding is focused on taking action on online child abuse referrals.

Since the operation was launched in February, the force has carried out 116 enforcements, made 94 arrests, screened more than 1,200 devices and recovered 640 digital exhibits.

More than 230 detectives carried out the operation, supported by other officers and staff including Tactical Support Teams, digital media investigators and intelligence development officers.

Det Supt Helen Schofield said: “Behind every offence of online child abuse is a child. These are serious criminal offences and it remains a priority for the force to investigate reports received, to identify and arrest suspects and to protect children from harm.

“This was a fast-paced, planned, proactive operation and I want to recognise the hard work and dedication of every officer and staff member involved to get us to this point in a short space of time.”

She said enquiries were continuing, to ensure offenders were brought before courts, victims were supported and protected, and the right safeguarding was put in place.

She added: “Please continue to report any concerns to us, and please continue to follow advice to help keep our children and young people safe online.

“Steps which can be taken include encouraging children to talk with you about how they use the internet, setting boundaries such as when and where they can use their devices, activating parental controls and making sure young people are aware of the risks of sharing images online. “

Visit https://tinyurl.com/3fbepzb3 for more information, advice and support about online child abuse.

Report concerns about online child abuse in Leicestershire at www.leics.police.uk or by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.

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