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North Yorks response to IPCC investigation

North Yorkshire Police have responded to the news they are to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over alleged failures to act over indecent images of children.

The investigation - which also includes the Essex and North Wales forces - relates to how the force used intelligence given to them by the National Crime Agency through so-called project Spade that had been gathering evidence in Toronto, Canada.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said they had referred themselves voluntarily.

North Yorkshire Police takes its safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously and as such the force made a voluntary referral to the IPCC in relation to intelligence received from CEOP.

It would not be appropriate to comment further until the IPCC has completed its investigation.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason, of North Yorkshire Police