Con­CErn ovEr risE in in­DECEnt im­AgE of­fEnCEs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

The num­ber of in­decent images of chil­dren of­fences in­ves­ti­gated by Cam­bridgeshire po­lice has more than dou­bled in three years. The fig­ures, re­vealed by the NSPCC show that in theCam­bridgeshire there wereato­tal of 59in­de­cen­tim­age­sof­fences recordedin2013, in­creas­ingto 142 in 2015.

Peter Wan­less, CEO of the NSPCC, said: “Th­ese fig­ures clearly show that there is a grow­ing prob­lem of peo­ple view­ing child abuse ma­te­rial and more needs to be done to tackle the is­sue.

“We­want­toseecom­pa­nies who op­er­ate on­line pri­ori­tise this is­sue by com­mit­ting sig­nif­i­cant ex­per­tise and re­sources into pre­vent­ing the pub­li­ca­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of th­ese images.”

Mean­while, theNSPCChas ex­pressed con­cern that the sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of chil­dren re­ported to po­lice for in­decent images of­fences may in­clude young­sters who have shared naked ‘self­ies’.

The char­ity re­cently pub­lished re­search­whichshowed that only half of par­ents knew that chil­dren tak­ing and­send­ing naked pic­tures of them­selves was il­le­gal, whilst two out of five­par­ents­feared their chil­dren might be in­volved in ‘sex­ting.’

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Neil Sloan, from Cam­bridgeshire po­lice said: “We have iden­ti­fied a con­cern­ing grow­ing level of in­decent images and vul­ner­a­ble victims at the cen­tre of th­ese pro­duc­tions.

“We have a ded­i­cated Pae­dophile On­line In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (POLIT) who use ad­vanced tech­ni­cal sys­tems to iden­tify those pos­sess­ing and shar­ing th­ese images and bring of­fend­ers to jus­tice.”

Par­ents can get ad­vice on how to keep chil­dren safe on­line from the O2 and NSPCC on­line safety helpline on0808 8005002.

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