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Crackdown 'does not stop offenders accessing images'

Child protection expert Mark Williams-Thomas said the Prime Minister should be clear that today's announcement is more about stopping children and young people accessing child abuse images "rather than tackling offenders accessing this material".

However, Mr Williams-Thomas acknowledged on Twitter that it was "a good step forward":

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The announcement this morning by the PM that Google will introduce key word filtering & video DNA is a good step forward.

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2 key distinctions-PM focus is more abt stopping children/y.people accessing child abuse images . Than tackling offenders accessing material

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It is good that children/y.people are a focus - but this is what the PM should be being clear about. Less spin PR more clear strategy

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Global approach 'needed to combat abuse images'

Criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas has told Daybreak that "there needs to be an international approach to tackle child abuse images on the internet."

Mr Williams-Thomas was the man behind the ITV Exposure documentary which originally aired the abuse allegations against disgraced presenter Jimmy Savile.

Read: Former CEOP boss says parents and politicians must do more to tackle child abuse images online

Tia Sharp's family were 'living with a monster'

Criminologist and child protection expert Mark Williams-Thomas told Daybreak: “They were living with him and did not know. They really were living with a monster.

"And for anyone outside who says ‘why did you not know? Why did you not see what was going on?’ I can completely understand. I’ve spent a lot of time with the family, I’ve spoken to the people who knew him and I tell you what he was a normal person.”

Criminologist: Police report on Savile 'poor'

Mark Williams-Thomas, the criminologist who led the initial ITV Exposure documentary that revealed the Jimmy Savile abuse claims, described the West Yorkshire Police report as "poor".

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I am very supportive of our hardworking police forces but never have I read such a poor report #savile #WYP

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In summary WYP's review of #savile highlights almost complete 'amnesia' or where people remember no report or document can be found.

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The quality of this #savile report seriously concerns me & although WYP has totally exonerated itself perhaps the IPCC can get to the truth.

Criminologist: It's a difficult time for abuse victims

Mark Williams-Thomas, the criminologist who led the initial ITV Exposure documentary on Jimmy Savile, has commented about the adult victims of child abuse in light of Newsnight's suspension.

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1 of 2 It is a difficult time for all victims of child abuse. Whilst on one level it has given many a voice and strength to report

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2 of 2 It does mean that victims of child abuse who are hearing & seeing all the coverage raises painful memories of abuse.

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New ITV Exposure Savile documentary to be broadcast

Mark Williams-Thomas, the criminologist who led the initial ITV Exposure documentary that revealed the Jimmy Savile abuse claims, has tweeted that a follow-up programme will be broadcast in just under two weeks' time.

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I can confirm that my next programme a 1 hr special about #JimmySavile will be shown on ITV1 at 22.35pm on Wednesday 21st November

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