MP praises police in Northants for role in ending international paedophile group

Philip Hollobone MP

Philip Hollobone MP

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Northamptonshire Police has won praise from an MP for their role in smashing an international paedophile ring.

A raid on the home of sex offender Timothy Ford, from Kettering, found he was part of a group which streamed child abuse online from the Philippines.

The ring was closed down after a joint effort from police in the UK, the United States and Australia.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday (Thursday, January 16), Philip Hollobone, Kettering’s MP, asked: “May we have a statement from the Home Office to highlight the success of the National Crime Agency in cracking an international paedophile internet ring responsible for the online sex abuse of children living in poverty in the Philippines?”

He also asked: “Will the Leader of the House take this opportunity to congratulate Northamptonshire police, who first uncovered the ring through a routine investigation of the then registered sex offender and now convicted paedophile Timothy Ford in his home in Kettering?

“Does that not show that sometimes diligent routine local police work can have important international repercussions?”

The Leader of the House of Commons, Andrew Lansley, said he endorsed Mr Hollobone’s congratulations for the police.