34 suspected paedophiles arrested in the Thames Valley as part of national operation

34 suspected paedophiles arrested in the Thames Valley as part of national operation

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Lucy Golding

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34 suspected paedophiles arrested in the Thames Valley as part of national operation

A total of 34 suspected paedophiles from across the Thames Valley have been arrested.

The arrests were part of a six-month operation co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency (NCA), which focused on those accessing indecent images of children online.

More than 10 children have been safeguarded as a result.

Assistant chief constable John Campbell said: “This operation has seen a great deal of work being done, both in the Thames Valley and nationally, as all the forces involved came together to tackle those who would seek to sexually exploit children.

He added: “As part of the operation, we were provided with intelligence from the NCA that allowed us to focus our investigations over the past six months, identifying both suspects and victims."

The NCA co-ordinated the operation will all 45 forces in the UK.

Overall it led to 660 arrests and the safeguarding of more than 400 children.

The NCA and its partners will not be revealing the methods they used to track down suspects so the same tactics can be used again in the future.

A breakdown of where in the Thames Valley the arrests were made has not been revealed by police at this time.

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