Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Arrests across Hampshire over indecent images

Seized CDs
Image caption More than 150 pieces of equipment were seized

Seventeen men have been arrested on suspected of possessing indecent images of children across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

A team of 54 officers executed 13 warrants in the early hours of Monday and Tuesday.

They seized more than 150 pieces of equipment including computers, cameras and memory sticks.

Police said they believed that 21 children had been safeguarded from potential direct harm as a result.

The men, aged between 21 and 69, came from Farnborough, Southampton, Portsmouth, Borden, Gosport, Freshwater, Waterlooville and Fareham. None are believed to be known to each other.

All were arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images and one on suspicion of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The arrests were part of Operation Trinity which targets those who access and share indecent material online.

Det Supt Jason Hogg said: "The possession and distribution of indecent images of children is not a victimless crime and our priority is to safeguard and protect those children who are put at risk."

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