Over two hundred children protected by anti-paedophile policing operation

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An anti-paedophile operation run by police forces across the Midlands has seen over 200 children safeguarded since it began.

Operation Safenet, which was started in 2015 by Staffordshire Police, targets people accessing indecent images of children online. The operation started running in Warwickshire and West Mercia in January 2016.

Police have not revealed the exact methods they use to track down offenders.

Detective Superintendent Damian Barratt from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said: “An indecent image of a child is an image of a victim of child abuse.

“Those who download and exchange illegal images leave a digital footprint and police will trace them. There will be more investigations, more arrests and we will bring more offenders to justice.

“If anyone has information relating to child sexual exploitation or suspicions that someone is using the internet to access indecent images I would urge them to contact police on 101.”