Arrests made in child abuse investigation

Northamptonshire Police investigation
Northamptonshire Police investigation

THREE people have been arrested as part of Northamptonshire Police’s biggest ever investigation into indecent images of children.

On Friday, May 4, officers arrested a 39-year-old man from Hargrave.

On Monday, May 14, a 27-year-old man was arrested from a house in Daventry, and a 47-year-old man from an address in Northampton.

A large quantity of computer equipment was also seized from each address.

All three men have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The force is keen to crack down on people who are viewing and distributing abusive images of children.

The investigation is being conducted by the recently formed Online Exploitation Team, which has the task of dealing with child exploitation and online offences against children.

This month’s arrests bring the total number under this investigation to almost 20 since the team’s formation.

Sgt Alasdair Fraser, who executed the search warrants and made the arrests, said: “We are fully committed to tackling what amounts to blatant child abuse.

“Behind every indecent image of this kind is an abused child.

“Viewing and distributing such images is totally unacceptable.

“Anybody who engages in this activity should rest very uneasily indeed, as one of our officers will be knocking at your door.”