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UK smashes 45-country child-porn ring

2011-05-06 20:41

London - One of Britain's smallest police forces has smashed an international child pornography network stretching across 45 countries that was operated from a hamlet in rural Lincolnshire, officers said on Friday.

Lincolnshire police said it led a team of other agencies to uncover a UK-based "news service" website offering more than 1 300 suspected paedophiles millions of indecent images of children from a server operated in the hamlet of Martin Dales.

Four men pleaded guilty on Friday to a number of charges relating to the distribution and possession of indecent images of children at Nottingham Crown Court.

"For me, this investigation was ground-breaking," said Detective Chief Superintendent Roger Bannister.

"In many respects it was very much more difficult as the force ... was not only leading a large-scale international operation, but also handling extremely challenging types of criminality.

"I hope this case sends out a powerful message to people with a sexual interest in children worldwide - the internet is not a place for this kind of activity. We will trace you and you will be brought to justice."

During the four-year enquiry, 2 182 exhibits were seized, including an industrial-sized server with the storage capacity of 3.2 million floppy disks, that consumed so much electricity it dimmed lights in the building in which it was examined.

Officers have so far catalogued 5.5 million images and nearly 6 000 films, located 211 suspects, secured 38 convictions and 132 children in Britain are being protected and safeguarded as a result of the investigation.

Comments
  • GH - 2011-05-06 21:47

    Thank you!

      michaelx - 2011-05-07 11:08

      HANG THESE BASTARDS.

  • c1 - 2011-05-07 08:14

    Give those men some Bells!

  • onetickie - 2011-05-07 10:11

    Well done Lincolnshire police. Now please name and shame the 45 countries.

      Zambezi - 2011-05-07 11:09

      whats the countries got to do with it? These people operate all over the world. Name and shame the bastards that were running the server and those that took the photos.

  • Jadwiga Bladycz - 2011-05-10 22:18

    NEWS FLASH http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13344408 Belgian multi murder rapist child pimp Marc Dutroux's/accomplice wife/partner in crime, in child abduction-imprisonment-murder-rapes to be released 15 yrs into 30 year sentance going to France to a Catholic convent. Husband Dutroux had earlier served only 3 of 13 yrs on 1989 convition on kidnap/rape of five underaged girls. Dutroux supplied kids to elite for after parties at prestigious locations. Connected persons from many countries -persons belonging to the Belgian police, court officials , judges, Beligian royals, international diplomats, military brass, captains of industry were attendies to these parties. Events of this type were also organized in the US,as in the Whitehouse Call Boy Scandal of the 1980's and connected to the Franklin Credit Union Scandal as reported in the NYTimes and Washington Times. More currently have been scandals involving international war contractor DynCorp, as all others tied to child prostitution of both genders, murder, witness corruption and intimidation, lucritive military contracts, high level drug smuggling down to street distribution, espionage, violation of international and domestic arms dealing law and human rights law, black mail of participants for political and law making influence, and everything evil under the sun. The fact that the Catholic Church is giving her sanctuary, is no surprise: Vatican helped fleeing SS end WWII some for work in CIA NASA Operation Paperclip.

      noitall - 2011-06-15 06:38

      you have an unhealthy interest in this topic

  • Annemarie White - 2013-05-16 02:15

    Way to go! WOW! I salute you.

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