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British paedophile suspect arrested in Thailand

A suspected British paedophile has been arrested in Thailand after more than a decade on the run.

Charles Taylor, 66, who is accused of abusing children as young as 18 months old, is now in detention in Bangkok.

He was first arrested at his UK home in Leicestershire in 1998 and charged with 35 counts of child abuse and selling pornography before fleeing to Thailand.

Thai police say they suspect Mr Taylor continued to profit from the abuse of children during his time in Thailand.

They say that those offences will be investigated before any possible extradition.

Mr Taylor was arrested in north-east Thailand as he went to collect mail from the local post office.

At the apartment where Mr Taylor has been living, the police say they found DVDs and explicit photographs of young children.

Mr Taylor has confessed to possessing pornography which he sent back to Britain to be sold, police say.

The British Home Office has requested his extradition on charges of making indecent images of children.

However, investigations are continuing into offences that may have been committed in Thailand.

If any charges are brought by the Thai police or alleged victims, those cases will have to be dealt with before any extradition hearings.

The British embassy in Bangkok could not confirm whether the arrest was the result of a tip-off but said that consular staff were in contact with Mr Taylor.

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