Five arrested in proactive operation to target online child abuse
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Last week Bedfordshire Police’s Internet Child Abuse Investigation Team, alongside officers from across the force, conducted focussed activity targeting individuals who had been identified as having a sexualised interest in children.
This activity saw the arrests of five men aged between 20 and 50 from Bedford and Luton.
Officers searched multiple properties and seized and examined a number of digital devices.
Detective Inspector Peter Ward from Bedfordshire Police’s Cyber Hub, said: “We are committed to proactively protecting vulnerable children by targeting those who pose a risk.
“We have a dedicated team, who are amongst the most effective in the country at identifying and arresting those who pose a significant risk to the safety and wellbeing of the children in our communities.”
All five men have been released under investigation with stringent conditions whilst the examination of the devices is completed.
If you witness anything suspicious online or are concerned about the safety of a child please report it to us via 101 or online.
If a child’s safety is in immediate danger always call 999.