UK coppers shut 394 kiddie abuse networks

Inspector Knacker of the Yard has moved in and closed down 394 Internet networks dedicated to child exploitation over the past year.

According to the latest annual figures by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, which is responsible for hunting the sex pests.  The quango’s work also managed to bang up 513 child sex offenders as well as safeguarding 414 children from this time last year until now.

According to CEOP,  these figures mark its highest ever yearly totals and stem from its partnership with local and international police forces.  

In the five years it’s been running the organisation has succeeded in arresting 1644 sex offenders, while breaking up 394 online networks.

However, the fight is far from over with the quango claiming that it needs more people to report such crimes, learning how offenders work and how they put their networks together.

The quango wants to ensure kids are more savvy when it comes to online risks such as chatrooms and making friends and talking to people they don’t know via social networking sites.

It will continue to educate them against these risks through its Thinkuknow site, which has been running for the organisation’s five years and covers all ages from 5-16 years.

Peter Davies the top cop who heads up the CEOP Centre and holds the UK lead policing role for child protection on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said that he was pleased with the record results.

He added that the quango needed to encourage  more reporting and understanding and needed to work to prevent the crime happening in the first place.

Davies took over from Jim Gamble who resigned last year following plans to incorporate CEOP into the National Crime Agency. Davies confirmed that the merger was still going ahead and claimed it would benefit the quango in the future.