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Online police arrest over 700 in three years

Online police arrest over 700 in three years

More than 700 suspected child sex offenders have been arrested over the past three years after investigations by Britain’s online child protection force.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said its action had safeguarded 345 children from sexual abuse since its launch as a police agency reporting to the Home Office in April 2006.

In the past 12 months, 139 children had been made safe — 20 identified through the examination of child abuse images — and 334 arrests made. More than 5,600 reports of suspected abuse were sent to CEOP over the past year, nearly half coming from concerned children and adults.


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