Indecent Child Images Arrests

A national crackdown on people downloading indecent images of children has led to arrests in Lincolnshire. More than 40 police forces were involved in Operation Tharsley with properties searched and computer equipment seized.

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West Midlands child images raids

West Midlands Police say they raided six addresses as part of the nationwide operation targeting suspected internet paedophiles.

Three people were arrested and four children "safeguarded". 35 officers executed warrants across the force area in Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell and Dudley.

A 47-year-old man was arrested in Wolverhampton, a 37-year-old man arrested in Dudley and a 38-year-old man arrested in Sandwell, all on suspicion of downloading indecent images of children. Computers were seized from all addresses.

All three men have been released on bail with strict conditions.

The raids related to suspected offences involving images, including the possession and distribution of indecent images of children.

Operation Tharsley was a joint operation between 42 police forces and officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

"This type of work is going on every day across the West Midlands as we seek to tackle those who use the internet as a vehicle to offend against children be it grooming for sexual activity or making, possessing or distributing indecent images.

– Detective Inspector Kay Wallace, West Midlands Police

76 arrested in child images operation

More than 141 search warrants were executed nationally during a national operation aimed at people who download indecent images of children.

Police say 76 suspected offenders were arrested and 80 children safeguarded and protected from abuse.

“If offenders think that collecting child abuse images is something they can get away with, they need to think again.

“These arrests show once again how law enforcement is becoming increasingly coordinated, sophisticated and innovative in targeting those who commit these crimes.

“Operation Tharsley highlights the excellent work carried out by UK police forces on a daily basis and I’ve seen first-hand the passion and dedication of officers investigating these cases.”

– Andy Baker, Deputy Chief Executive of CEOP


More arrests in child images crackdown

A sex offender - and another suspect - have been arrested by Nottinghamshire Police as part of the national operation tackling sexual abuse of children.

The men, both from Beeston, were arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

Operation Tharsley was co-ordinated by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre and involved over 40 police forces, including Nottinghamshire.

It was launched to crack down on those thought to be in possession of child abuse images.

A 55-year-old man was arrested on Monday. Police seized his computer and discovered around 20 indecent images of children.

He was cautioned and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for two years.

A second man, aged 28, was arrested the next day and his computer seized. He's been released on bail.

"The indecent images of children that are circulated online propagate and exploit the unthinkable sexual abuse endured by children in the UK and beyond.

“These men are now on our radar and we have sent them a very clear message that we are watching and we will simply not tolerate this behaviour.

“We continue to monitor known sex offenders and we will not hesitate to take further action if they re-offend.

– Detective Inspector Martin Hillier, Sexual Exploitation Investigation Unit

“Nottinghamshire Police is committed to preventing child abuse and to apprehending those responsible for the sexual exploitation of children and holding them to account for their appalling crimes.

“By continuing to work with partner agencies like CEOP, we can ensure we are doing all we can to protect vulnerable children from harm.”

– Detective Inspector Martin Hillier, Sexual Exploitation Investigation Unit

Online child abuse operation

The Assistant Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Roger Bannister, has been speaking about his force's involvement in the national Operation Tharsley, cracking down on people who download indecent images of children.

He said: "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."