15 arrests have been made across our region as part of a two-day national crackdown on people downloading indecent images of children, coordinated by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
A 40-year-old man was arrested or alleged indecent image offences at an address near Lincoln. A search warrant also led to the arrest of a 57 year old man in a village near Sleaford.
Last year the Internet Child Abuse Team, made up of six detectives, recovered computers containing more than 5 million child abuse images, a significant increase on the 1.5 million seized the previous year. Officers say this increase is partly down to their ability to better detect such crimes.
The Assistant Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has been speaking about his force's involvement in the national Operation Tharsley, cracking down on people who download indecent images of children.
– – ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE ROGER BANNISTER, LINCOLNSHIRE POLICE
"Our ultimate goal here is safeguarding children in Lincolnshire. Every time we identify an adult with a sexual interest in children, not only are we able to bring that offender to justice, but we are also able to work with our partners in Children's Services and other organisations to ensure that every child with a connection to that adult is safeguarded. We do go that extra mile in Lincolnshire in terms of tackling this issue. Our ... officers work tirelessly every day to bring offenders to justice and make sure your children are safe."
As part of Operation Tharsley, South Yorkshire Police have arrested nine men from around the county. The men were arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children and their computers were seized during the raids. In addition, the searches led to five children being taken into police protection due to the poor conditions they were found living in. The men, aged between 44 and 60-years-old have been released on police bail whilst investigations continue. Five children have been taken into police protection because of the poor conditions they were living in.
In North Yorkshire, four arrests were made.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. They are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account. More about the work they do here.