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April Jones's family: not enough has been done to tackle online child abuse

Coral's daughter April Jones was murdered in October 2012 Photo: ITV News

The parents of murdered schoolgirl April Jones have given ITV Wales an exclusive interview following revelations that two people are convicted of online child abuse every day.

Coral and Paul Jones met with David Cameron two years ago Credit: ITV News

April Jones's killer Mark Bridger had accessed child abuse images shortly before killing her in October 2012.

April Jones was killed in October 2012 Credit: Family photo

Coral and Paul Jones met David Cameron in Downing Street two years ago, along with parents of other grieving families. Speaking in July 2013, the Prime Minister said it was "time for action" on online child abuse. But Coral Jones told ITV today that not enough is being done:

The NSPCC say more than four and a half million pictures of child abuse have been seized in the UK since 2013. Paul Jones thinks more control needs to be put in place to prevent paedophiles accessing images.

The UK Government says its collaborative response to the problem includes law enforcement agencies taking action against those sexually exploiting children online, finding and safeguarding victims and working with the internet industry to find and remove illegal images.

“The Government is leading the fight against online child sexual exploitation.

“At last year’s WePROTECT summit, the Prime Minister announced a series of new measures to improve the global response to online child sexual exploitation, including funding of £10 million for further specialist teams within the National Crime Agency (NCA). Measures also include new collaboration between the NCA and GCHQ using the latest techniques to target online offenders, making it illegal to communicate sexually with a child, and technological developments to ensure victims of online abuse can be identified more quickly and offenders are subject to speedier justice.

“The Government has also prioritised child sexual abuse as a national threat and is due to make live-streaming of abuse images punishable in the same way as recorded images, in order to ensure perpetrators face the toughest possible sentences.”

– Karen Bradley, Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation

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