Chatburn man arrested during national crackdown on child sex abuse

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A 45-YEAR-OLD man from Chatburn was among nine people arresed in Lancashire as part of two days of national activity cracking down on online sex abuse involving children.

Lancashire Constabulary joined other police forces to work with CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) and SOCA (Serious and Organised Crime Agency) to show a joined up approach to tackling criminals making, possessing or distributing indecent images of children.

During the two days of action officers executed warrants at suspects’ addresses and seized computers and other potential evidence.

As well as arrests in Blackpool, Morecambe, Barnoldswick and Burnley, a 45-year-old man from Chatburn was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of a child and was later released with a caution.

Detective Superintendent Ian Critchley, head of public protection, said: “Each indecent image of a young person on a computer identifies at least one child that has been abused. It doesn’t matter where this is in the world, it is our duty to ensure we work with other authorities, particularly CEOP and often with law enforcement agencies from abroad, to protect all vulnerable children.

“As a result of our proactive work, together with that of CEOP in identifying users of websites that carry such abhorrent images, we arrested over 180 individuals last year in Lancashire for possession of indecent images. Further examination of computers often highlights that offenders have gone on to distribute indecent images to others, spreading the abuse.

“These most recent raids show our ongoing commitment to tackling this issue and we will continue to take such action in the future in order to keep youngsters safe from harm.”