Po­lice warn chil­dren of on­line sex of­fend­ers

Macclesfield Express - - BARNABY FESTIVAL -

SEX of­fend­ers are tar­get­ing chil­dren by us­ing fake pro­files on Face­book.

Cheshire Po­lice has re­ceived a num­ber of re­ports of Face­book pro­files, be­ing cre­ated by of­fend­ers be­friend­ing chil­dren on­line and pre­tend­ing to be a young per­son.

The per­verts then send sex­u­ally ex­plicit im­ages through the mes­sen­ger ser­vice.

Po­lice are re­mind­ing young peo­ple to be sure that they know who they are mak­ing friends with on so­cial me­dia.

PC He­len Har­ri­son said: “It is chil­dren who are see­ing im­ages and we are urg­ing par­ents and car­ers to pay close at­ten­tion to their child’s use of so­cial me­dia and pro­vide them with ad­vice and guid­ance to en­sure they re­main safe on­line.

“Shar­ing our per­sonal lives with friends and loved ones on so­cial me­dia can be fun and re­ward­ing.

“How­ever, if we don’t pay at­ten­tion to the security of our so­cial me­dia pro­files, it al­lows strangers to also have the ex­act same ac­cess.

“This is a crim­i­nal of­fence and any such re­ported in­ci­dents will be fully in­ves­ti­gated.”

If you have any in­for­ma­tion call po­lice on 101 or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers by call­ing 0800 555 111.

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