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Six police forces from east team up with charity to stop online child abuse

NetSafe will target online child abuse. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six police forces across the east are teaming up with a child protection charity to tackle internet child abuse.

As part of 'Operation NetSafe officers will work with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation to target online viewing of images of abuse.

The charity's staff include former probation officers, social workers, psychologists and police officers who all help to prevent child sexual abuse through work with victims, families and sex offenders themselves.

1,800
People sought help across East of England in last year

The National Police Chiefs' Council lead on Child Protection and Chief Constable of Norfolk Police, Simon Bailey, announced that more than 100,000 individuals from across the UK were regularly accessing indecent images of children (IIOC) online.

Operation NetSafe has been launched to tackle this growing threat in Eastern England with forces from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire taking part.

131
People called the 'Stop it Now' helpline in east in last year

Police services across the UK are dealing with an unprecedented volume of child sexual abuse reports, including online indecent images and these numbers continue to rise.

– Norfolk's Chief Constable and National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Child Protection, Simon Bailey
The campaign begins today ( May 8th). Credit: NetSafe

Too many men seem to think that it is alright to view sexual images of under-18s online.

They may do this as part of an adult pornography habit; or they may have an established sexual interest in children that needs addressing urgently. But whatever the reason, they need to stop and stay stopped.

– Donald Findlater, Safeguarding Consultant at The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

Confidential and effective help is available from Stop it Now! via 0808 1000 900 or by visiting the Stop it Now! website.