In one instance a newsgroup was used to seek help with the grooming of a young child for abuse.This is the worlds largest collaborative policing operation.
From this officers established that almost 10,000 Internet Protocol(IP) address i.e.
people, had accessed over 30 of the sites carrying paedophilia.
These young victims need to be identified and protected as quickly as possible.
The National Crime Squad, with our strategic IT partners Serco, have developed sophisticated facial mapping software.
Demon Internet, an Internet Service Provider (ISP), was approached by The National Crime Squad and agreed to allow officers to access their servers.
This led to the recovery of data showing the activity of nearly 1500 newsgroups over a two week period.DCI Bob Mc Lachlan, head of the Met's Paedophile Unit, said: "Today's operation is the result of an intelligence led operation targeted at stemming the distribution of child pornography via the internet."Images like these are evidence of the sexual assault and rape of children - and anyone who buys or downloads them perpetuates the cycle of abuse." "We know that the internet is increasingly used as a conduit for the exchange of pornographic pictures of children.Fifteen search warrants were executed in the action, which involved 11 different police forces.The arrests were made under the Protection of Children Act 1978.The National Crime Squad then called two meetings, the first in Lyon, Interpol HQ for foreign law enforcement and then London for the U. Detective Superintendent Peter Spindler, leading the investigation for the National Crime Squad said today "It is particularly disturbing that all these news groups carrying paedophilic images are available for everyone to access - even young children themselves."With the assistance of Demon Internet and the support and guidance of the National Hi-Tec Crime Unit (NHTCU), we are able to show that those accessing these newsgroups did so regularly and with purpose.