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Ninety-nine arrested in paedophile abuse raids

15.06.12 | News

A retired teacher, members of the armed forces and a scout leader are among 99 people arrested in raids targeting online paedophiles.
About 140 search warrants were issued by some 40 forces during the UK-wide raids, led by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
Most warrants related to downloading and sharing indecent images.
Some 80 children were removed from harm, including 20 found at raided properties.
Operation Tharsley took place over 48 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday, with support from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).
Sex offender breaches
Those arrested include a pathologist, a firefighter, an activities instructor, government employees, and a referee. Known offenders who had breached the conditions of the sex offenders register were also held.
Forty-two forces from around the UK made the following arrests:

  • Lancashire Police arrested nine people
  • Two men were held in Northern Ireland
  • Two were arrested on Merseyside
  • Police in Dorset made two arrests
  • Three were arrested by Warwickshire and West Mercia officers
  • In Kent, four men were arrested in Maidstone, Gillingham, Rochester and Herne Bay
  • North Yorkshire Police arrested four; South Yorkshire Police held nine men
  • Two people were held in Peterlee and Bishop Auckland in County Durham
  • Northumbria Police arrested four men – three from Gateshead, and one from Washington
  • Devon and Cornwall Police held two in Cornwall and one in Plymouth
  • Gloucestershire officers arrested one Newent man
  • Police in Wiltshire arrested two men in Swindon and Great Bedwyn
  • West Midlands Police in Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell and Dudley arrested three and “safeguarded” four children
  • Thames Valley Police made two arrests
  • Jersey Police held one man
  • Strathclyde Police arrested three
  • Sussex Police arrested a Bexhill man
  • Four men were held by Hampshire Police
  • Two men were arrested near Lincoln and Sleaford
  • Avon and Somerset officers held two men
  • Cleveland Police arrested two men in the Middlesbrough area
  • Humberside Police arrested a man in New Waltham, North East Lincolnshire
  • Cumbria Police raided a Carlisle house, but made no arrests

Read the full story: BBC News

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