Desborough, Irthlingborough, Wellingborough and Higham men arrested over online child sex offences

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Four men from the north of the county have been arrested on suspicion of exploiting children online.

Officers from Northamptonshire Police’s POLIT (Paedophile Online Investigation Unit) have carried out warrants across the county in a concerted week of activity.

Those arrested have all been released under investigation as forensic examination of their devices continues.

They are a 45-year-old from Wellingborough, a 37-year-old from Higham Ferrers, a 70-year-old from Irthlingborough and a 59-year-old from Desborough.

Police also arrested a 50-year-old man from Northampton and a 48-year-old man from Daventry.

The cases are not connected.

Det Insp Andy Rogers, who heads up the POLIT team, said: “Making and sharing indecent images of children is an extremely serious offence and the force has increased resources into bringing to justice those who choose to exploit children in this way.

“We use the latest, highly sophisticated digital investigative techniques to track down those who engage in this type of activity and anybody who does should expect a knock at the door from one of my officers carrying a warrant for their arrest.

“Along with our partners, we work tirelessly to safeguard and protect children.

“Policing this despicable crime is a priority for Northamptonshire Police and is treated with the seriousness it deserves.

“Anybody with any concerns about the safety of a child or with suspicions about somebody’s online activity should call 101 or 999 in an emergency.”