Kent Police unit 'protecting children'

Kent Police has said it is protecting more children from sexual abuse since it set up its child exploitation investigation team.

Officers rescued 16 children suspected of being sexually abused in the last financial year after finding their images online.

More than 70 children were also taken from situations where there was suspected child abuse.

The online sexual crime team was set up in 2006.

Ch Insp Matthew Long said: "In terms of what we find on the internet, we look for indecent images of children where children are being abused and we make a point of investigating them and trying to identify the children.

"We will follow the intelligence wherever we think a child is at risk."

A further 83 child "safeguarding referrals" have been made by Kent Police since April 2011, with 66 people being arrested.

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