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Four Kent men held after raids on suspected internet paedophiles

Kent Police HQ in Maidstone
Kent Police HQ in Maidstone

Four men have been arrested in Kent as part of an operation against suspected internet paedophiles.

Officers from Kent Police carried out raids on homes in Rochester, Gillingham, Maidstone and Herne Bay.

The arrests, on suspicion of downloading indecent images, were made over two days this week.

Two men aged 25 and 50 from Gillingham and a 43-year-old from Maidstone have now been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A 49-year-old man from Herne Bay remains in police custody.

Across Britain, 76 people were arrested in raids.

The operation, led by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), was overseen in Kent by DS David Shipley.

He said: "Over the past two days Kent Police have executed four warrants at homes in Kent, all of which resulted in the arrest of adult males who are believed to be actively engaged in downloading indecent images.

"We remain dedicated to targeting those individuals who possess indecent images of children and we were keen to support this national operation organised by CEOP who provide a valuable contribution to the fight against child abuse.”

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