More than 100 NW arrests in child sex crime crackdown

More than 100 suspected paedophiles have been arrested in the North West as part of a national blitz on child sex crime.

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Huge increase in indecent images in circulation

NCA deputy director general Phil Gormley said the scale of offending discovered by the child abuse operation was "shocking".

His colleague, chief constable Simon Bailey, said the number of indecent images of children has risen from under 10,000 in the 1990s to a figure in the tens of millions today.

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Suspected paedophiles held in nationwide crackdown

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More than 100 suspected paedophiles have been arrested in the North West as part of a national blitz on child sex crime.

  • Greater Manchester Police - 46 people arrested
  • Merseyside Police - 26 people arrested
  • Cheshire Police - 21 people arrested
  • Lancashire - 16 people arrested
  • Cumbria - 4 people arrested

45 police forces have taken part in the swoops, dubbed Operation Notarise and led by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

NCA chiefs said those arrested nationally included doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers.

The operation took six months to complete, and has included the arrest of 39 registered sex offenders.

NCA deputy director general Phil Gormley said:

“Some of the people who start by accessing indecent images online go on to abuse children directly. So the operation is not only about catching people who have already offended - it is about influencing potential offenders before they cross that line.”

– Phil Gormley, NCA deputy director general
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