Published on Dec 6, 2013
Police Arrest Seven People for Indecent Images of Children
(Advice on child sexual exploitation can be found here: www.cumbria.police.uk/cse)
This week Cumbria Constabulary ran a week-long operation targeting offenders of child sexual exploitation.
Operation Chiefton saw officers executing seven intelligence-led search warrants across Cumbria. As a result seven people have been arrested so far:
• Male, 26, from Carlisle
• Male, 59, from Millom
• Male, 31, from Whitehaven
• Male, 22, from Barrow
• Male, 57, from Brampton
• Male, 22, from Workington
• Male, 41, from Wigton
Two more properties in the south of the county will be searched today.
The operation coincides with the Police and Crime Commissioner's conference today (Friday 6th November) which launches his further commitment to tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence.
DCI Nick Coughlan, from the Public Protection Unit for Cumbria Constabulary, said:
"Child sexual exploitation is an issue in Cumbria, but thankfully rare; however it is something we are committed to tackling at every opportunity.
"I am pleased with the success of Operation Chiefton, and it demonstrates our dedication to bringing those who exploit innocent children to justice.
"Next week we will be launching a campaign aimed at educating children, parents and local communities alike about how to protect again child sexual exploitation. With Christmas around the corner it is vitally important that people know the potential dangers of the internet and social networking.
"We investigate any reports of sexual abuse sensitively and professionally -- anyone with any concerns should call Cumbria Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said:
"I welcome the police operational activity tackling child sexual exploitation in the county. Today, I am hosting a conference that will look at the next steps for dealing with domestic abuse and sexual violence. It is important that all agencies work together to tackle this type of crime."
Cllr Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said:
"When we discover abuse we do everything we can to protect children from further harm and help them recover. But it's vital to prevent abuse from happening to children in the first place.
"We have to solve this problem together, so we'll be working hard with the Police to help raise awareness on how to protect against child sexual exploitation. Parents and professionals coming into contact with children must be able to spot possible signs of sexual abuse or exploitation, and be confident of what they need to do to protect that child."
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