Computers seized in Somerset as police target online child abuse

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 November 2017

Officers have seized a significant number of computers in an operation targeting online child abuse.

Officers have seized a significant number of computers in an operation targeting online child abuse.

Archant

A ‘significant number’ of computers have been seized after police raided homes in Somerset as part of an operation to target people carrying out online child abuse.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary officers carried out raids at homes in Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire after officers were tipped off that devices at the addresses may have been used to download or share indecent images of children or in connection with grooming offences.

The searches led to a substantial amount of digital equipment being seized.

Experts from the force’s digital forensic unit will now examine the equipment to determine what offences may have been committed.

Detective Inspector Steve Cartlidge, from the internet child abuse team, said: “Our aim is to protect children and our message to anyone involved in online child abuse is that we are actively looking for you and we will come after you.

“Officers from our internet child abuse team, operational support department, digital investigations team and digital forensic unit last week intensified our activity to find those involved in such criminality.

“We will have to wait for the seized equipment to be forensically examined first before any action is taken against any individual but I am confident the action we took last week has made our communities safer.

“We’ve also worked closely with our local authority partners to assess whether there are any safeguarding concerns in relation to the addresses searched.”

He added: “If any member of the public has concerns about online grooming or abuse, they should report them to us via 101, to CEOP at www.ceop.police.uk, or to Crimestoppers. If you think a child is at immediate risk of harm call 999.

“We are committed to tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse in all its forms but it can take us some time to develop the intelligence we receive and people shouldn’t assume that because they don’t see immediate results, that it isn’t being acted upon.”

Information and guidance for survivor of child abuse, for families of victims and those who think they may be at risk of offending, is available from www.lucyfaithfull.org or www.stopitnow.org.uk

People can also call the free, confidential Stop it Now! helpline on 08081 000900.

Other News Stories

A grade-II listed building has gained approval to build a new and dynamic space for its guests.

Read more

A third life-saving defibrillator will be placed in a North Somerset town.

Read more
13:00

Campaigners pushing for the public to have the final say on the Brexit deal have been in Portishead.

Read more
07:13

A public meeting will be held this week over plans to open a primary school in Yatton.

Read more

A country fair was held in a North Somerset village at the weekend.

Read more

A refurbished kiosk on Clevedon’s seafront 
has finally opened, but extra volunteers are required to help with its running.

Read more
08:00

More food safety inspections were done by North Somerset Council than any authority in the West of England area.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:50

An inpatient unit has reopened this week after two weeks of fire safety improvements.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

The company responsible for running North Somerset’s trains has admitted its network improvements have ‘come at a price’ as customer complaints are up 60 per cent on last year.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

People can now visit a cider barn at Barley Wood’s Walled Garden in Wrington during the summer months.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 16°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Clevedon Tide report

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

North Somerset Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications