Child abuse investigators 'need more access to data'

Home Secretary Theresa May says Ceop can do their jobs better with more access to private data. Credit: Reuters

Britain's child sex abuse investigation body needs more access to phone and internet records so it can better investigate crimes, Theresa May has said.

The Home Secretary spoke ahead of reports the Government is due to pass emergency laws requiring phone companies to store text, call, and web use data.

Her comments came after it emerged the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) made fewer arrests last year than the previous year.