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Police arrest 11 after huge operation ends in arrests of 660 suspected paedophiles nationally

16 July 2014
by KentOnline reporter

Police in Kent have made 11 arrests as part of a huge six-month operation targeting suspected paedophiles across the UK.

Nationally 660 people have been arrested as part of the operation led by the National Crime Agency, involving 45 police forces across the UK.

It's claimed more than 400 children nationally have been safeguarded as a result of the operation.

Police have arrested 11 suspects as part of a UK-wide operation

Police have arrested 11 suspects as part of a UK-wide operation

In Kent, 35-year-old Stephen Thompson was charged with breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order following a warrant in Highland Road, Maidstone in April.

He was found to be in possession of devices capable of accessing the internet, contrary to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order made by Maidstone Crown Court in 2009.

Thompson appeared at Medway Magistrates Court in April, where he admitted the offence and was remanded in custody for sentence at a later date.

Ten other suspects arrested by Kent Police in connection with indecent images offences have been bailed pending further enquiries.

The police operation was led by the National Crime Agency. Getty Images

The police operation was led by the National Crime Agency. Getty Images

Nationally, of the 660 arrested, 39 were registered sex offenders, but the majority of those had not previously been in trouble.

NCA Deputy Director General Phil Gormley said: "This is the first time the UK has had the capability to coordinate a single targeted operation of this nature.

"Over the past six months we have seen unprecedented levels of cooperation to deliver this result.

"Our aim was to protect children who were victims of, or might be at risk of, sexual exploitation."

 

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