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Numerous arrests in blitz on internet paedophiles

Police have arrested suspected internet paedophiles aged from 15 to 50 in the biggest 
operation of its kind ever in the UK.

Officers from 34 forces have raided dozens of addresses and seized computers believed 
to contain images of child abuse.

A total of 75 addresses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were searched 
and several arrests have been made.

Among those targeted were teachers, care workers and people working in the medical 

Police used specially developed software to track web users who were visiting internet 
chatrooms to exchange the shocking images.

The crackdown, codenamed Operation Magenta, was part of a six-month investigation 
under the Protection of Children Act. It was led jointly by officers from 
Hertfordshire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police.

Detective Inspector Terry Jones of Greater Manchester Police, said the operation 
pinpointed 44 people across the UK with "interesting profiles".

"These included some disturbingly young people including a 13-year-old, and a 
scoutmaster who we then discovered had been abusing a child for four years."

Detective Inspector Keith Tilley, of Hertfordshire Constabulary added that as a result 
of the operation 18 months ago - Operation Appal - his force had searched the house of 
a man who had been abusing his 11-year-old daughter.

"He did admit that the internet started him on that path, so there's a clear danger 
from the web," he said.


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