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Paedophile jailed after being caught by vigilante group

A paedophile from Northfleet in Kent has been jailed for five years. Mark McKenna, 38, arranged to meet an 11-year-old girl at Bluewater Shopping Centre. But the girl was actually a fake online profile created by vigilante group - 'The Hunted One' - who managed to film the meeting.

Richard Huckle receives 22 life sentences

A man from Kent - who abused up to 200 Malaysian children - has been given 22 life sentences and will remain in jail for at least 25 years.

Richard Huckle, a freelance photographer from Ashford, admitted offences against children between 2006 and 2014. Charlotte Wilkins reports.

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Kent paedophile receives 22 life sentences

Richard Huckle kept a record of his abuse Credit: Met Police

One of Britain's worst paedophiles, who posted on the so-called "dark web" as he abused up to 200 Malaysian children, has been given 22 life sentences.

Freelance photographer Richard Huckle, from Ashford in Kent, admitted an unprecedented number of offences against children aged between six months and 12 years from 2006 to 2014.

Judge Peter Rook QC ordered that the 30-year-old should serve a minimum term of 25 years.

A stream of pictures and videos of his rapes and assaults on children were shared with paedophiles worldwide through the now defunct dark website TLZ - The Love Zone.

He even tried to make a business out of his horrific crimes by crowd-funding the release of the images and was compiling a paedophile's manual at the time of his arrest by the National Crime Agency.

Twenty-three children from poor Christian communities in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur were identified in 71 charges, although Huckle's tally of abuse which he catalogued on a "Pedopoints ledger" was much higher.

Christian charity worker abused 200 children

He masqueraded as a Christian teacher and charity worker - but was carrying out crimes on some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

Richard Huckle, who's 30, and from Ashford in Kent, is facing multiple life sentences for his appalling crimes.

Richard Huckle, who's 30, targeted children from the poorest communities in Malaysia. Huckle - a former grammar school pupil - abused up to 200 boys and girls, some only six months old. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Predatory paedophile from Kent faces life sentence

He masqueraded as a Christian teacher and charity worker, but abused some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

Richard Huckle, who's 30 and from Ashford in Kent, is facing multiple life sentences for his appalling crimes.

Huckle targeted children from the poorest communities in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, in Southeast Asia.

The former grammar school pupil assaulted up to 200 boys and girls, some as young as 6 months old.

Malcolm Shaw heard from James Traynor of the National Crime Agency.

Paedophile who ran care home is jailed for abusing children

Rodney Smallman abused the youngsters at a care home Credit: Thames Valley Police

A paedophile who ran a home for young boys in Oxfordshire has been jailed for 12-and-a-half years.

A judge at Oxford Crown Court heard how he abused the youngsters at the care home in Banbury in the 1970s.

Rodney Smallman, now 73, was known as 'the owl man' by youngsters because he toured schools with his large collection of the nocturnal birds.

He was convicted of 15 counts of indecent assaults on children.

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Huge increase in indecent images in circulation

NCA deputy director general Phil Gormley said the scale of offending discovered by the child abuse operation was "shocking".

His colleague, chief constable Simon Bailey, said the number of indecent images of children has risen from under 10,000 in the 1990s to a figure in the tens of millions today.

Six arrested as part of national paedophile operation

Wiltshire police have arrested six suspects as part of a national operation involving 45 police forces.

In Wiltshire, officers from the Child Internet Exploitation Team arrested six suspects from around the county.

Arrests made in Wiltshire are:

  • April- 30 year old male- Tidworth area- arrested for making and possessing indecent images of children.
  • May- 24 yr old male- Trowbridge area- arrested for making and possessing indecent images of children.
  • June- 60 yr old male - Salisbury area - arrested for making and possessing indecent images of children.
  • June- 26 yr old male - Trowbridge area- arrested for making and possessing indecent images of children.
  • June- 49 yr old male- Swindon area- arrested for making and possessing indecent images of children
  • July- 29 yr old male- Calne area - arrested for making and possessing indecent images of children.

Wiltshire Police have a dedicated team of investigators that target those suspected of making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children via the internet.

This operation highlights the national scale of this crime.

We will continue to work alongside our partner agencies to ensure those arrested are brought to justice and any child that is identified through these investigations are properly safeguarded and protected from the risk of further harm.”

– Detective Sergeant Jason Roberts from Wiltshire’s CIET

Hampshire Police target online child abuse

Hampshire Police have reported that 17 children have been safeguarded as part of a six-month operation targeting online child abuse nationally.

The covert enforcement operation was co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency and involved 45 police forces across the country.

Nationally, it led to the arrests of 660 suspected paedophiles and the protection or safeguarding of more than 400 children.

The force received 37 packages relating to suspected online child sex offences.

They have arrested 33 men on suspicion of possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Today’s announcement of the results of the operation marks the culmination of six months of covert work by our dedicated officers. “The 37 packages we received are just some of the hundreds of referrals about online child abuse that our Paedophile and Online Investigation team deals with every year.

Online offences can involve actual physical abuse and grooming as well as the making, possession and distribution of indecent images of children. “All are criminal offences and a form of child abuse. They are not victimless crimes. Each time an image is shared, it further victimises that child."

– Detective Chief Inspector Becky Riggs
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