Police operation targets 'shocking scale' of online child abuse in Wales

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Police in Wales are warning people who view sexually explicit images of children that the next knock at their door could be officers from a new team set up to keep children safe from abuse and exploitation.

Operation Net Safe brings together police officers and digital forensics staff, with the aim of protecting children by tracking down and prosecuting those using the internet to view and exchange these images in Wales.

Specialist teams use mobile-based technology to find where in Wales illegal images are being viewed before gaining a search warrant to raid a home, seize evidence and arrest those involved.

Since it formed in September, the Police Online Investigation Team have undertaken 19 separate investigations involving online child sexual abuse which have resulted in six arrests.

WatchRichard Morgan'sreport here.