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Lincolnshire man admits series of sex offences against girl under the age of two

Callum Bedford is due to be sentenced tomorrow. Photo: Humberside Police

A man from Cleethorpes has admitted to a string of sexual offences against a girl under the age of two.

Callum Bedford was identified as part of an international operation to hunt down people making and distributing indecent images of children.

The 28-year-old's activities were first logged by Canadian authorities after he shared images via social media.

He pleaded guilty to charges including distributing indecent photographs of a child, attempted rape of a girl under the age of two and being in possession of extreme pornographic material.

Bedford is due to appear before Grimsby Crown Court tomorrow for sentencing.

This was a particularly harrowing case – one of the worst I have dealt with in my 10 years in this role.

We take some comfort in the speed with which we were able to arrest and charge Bedford, ensuring this little girl was protected and safe from further harm. He now faces a significant jail sentence.

Offences of this kind are extremely serious and we and our partner agencies around the world work tirelessly to identify those who create and distribute indecent images of children, so that they can be stopped and brought to justice and their victims can be protected from further harm.

An international investigation is still ongoing to identify those who Bedford shared these images with and we are hopeful that they too will be traced and charged in relation to this case.

– Detective Constable Steve Bury, Humberside Police