A Clitheroe man is among 22 people arrested in a campaign aimed at tackling the sexual exploitation of children.
Seventeen of those from across Lancashire were arrested by police on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children, including a 26-year-old Clitheroe man who has been bailed until March next year pending further enquiries.
A week long multi-agency awareness campaign by Lancashire Police saw thousands of school children, professionals, teachers, parents, carers, taxi drivers, sports coaches and youth leaders being involved in educational work. More than 140 hotspots were targeted across the county including amusement arcades, fast food restaurants, cinemas, rail and bus stations and visits were carried out to children’s homes.
Det. Supt Sue Cawley, Head of Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This week we have executed a number of warrants around the county which has resulted in the arrest of 22 people who we believe have been involved in various offences relating the exploitation and abuse of children.
“The operation, along with all the other multi-agency activities that have taken place this week, clearly demonstrate our ability and intention to tackle child sexual exploitation.
“I am confident that the awareness week has highlighted the work currently undertaken to tackle the issue and that our approach is a long term one with important work happening each and every day.”
Police are encouraging anyone who has been, or knows someone who has been, sexually abused, groomed or exploited to come forward and contact police confident in the knowledge they will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.
If you are concerned about a young person you know, call Lancashire Police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.