Cambridgeshire

Computers seized in child abuse image crackdown

Computers seized by Cambridgeshire Police
Image caption Forty computers were seized by police during the operation

Computers, laptops and hard drives have been seized by detectives as part of a crackdown on possession of indecent images of children in Cambridgeshire.

During this week's operation, 12 warrants were executed at properties in the Cambridge, Peterborough and Huntingdonshire areas.

A 21-year-old man from Peterborough was arrested and bailed in connection with the investigation.

The equipment seized will be reviewed by specially trained officers.

The operation is part of an international investigation into those using the internet to download indecent images of children.

Officers from the public protection unit have been working with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre to investigate any Cambridgeshire links to the use of an illegal website, believed to be hosted outside the UK.

During the investigation, police said 40 desktop computers, 12 laptops, 36 hard drives and hundreds of media storage devices were seized.

Det Insp Adam Gallop said: "My concern is that people feel safe viewing and storing these images on their computers at home, my message is that they are not.

"If you are looking at these types of images do not feel safe, we will come through your door.

"If not today then maybe over a year after you have viewed them."

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