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Norfolk Police Chief: websites need to protect children

Simon Bailey Credit: ITV News

Norfolk Police's Chief Constable Simon Bailey has said tech companies need to do more to protect children against sexual abuse online.

His comments come as shocking new statistics from the National Crime Agency show 80,000 people in the UK present "present some kind of sexual threat" to children online.

Simon Bailey is also the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for child protection. He said:

"The police response to tackling child abuse online has been robust, but there is a growing need to pursue offenders who pose the most harm to children and are using sophisticated technology to evade detection.

"Technology plays a significant part in all online investigations and there is an expectation that technology companies acknowledge their social responsibility in preventing and designing out this type of offending from their platforms."

– Simon Bailey