Arrests on the rise for porn images

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The number of people arrested for possessing or making indecent images has risen over the last year.

So far this year, in the six months between January and June, 12 people who have been brought into police for the pornographic offences, which is only two fewer than last year’s 12 month figure of 14.

Of these 12, six people were arrested for possessing an indecent photograph, with five cases still under investigation and one incident had no evidence to show a crime had been committed.

Five people were arrested for making an indecent image and one for possession with intent to show or distribute. These are still under investigation.

Detective Inspector Martin Earl from St Helen’s CID said: “The making and possessing of indecent images of children are offences which Merseyside Police takes extremely seriously.

“We have specialist officers within the CID’s in each area who work closely with the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Hi-tech Unit and Cyber Investigations team - all dedicated to investigating these crimes and bringing those responsible before the courts.

“It’s important to stress that many of the cases are extremely complex, some at a larger scale than others and no two are ever the same. The ever increasing prevalence of the internet along with the pace of globalisation means that some of the offending we deal with now spans international borders and jurisdictions.

“I would, however, like to reassure people that we work closely with partners and law enforcement agencies across to ensure those borders are not barriers to identifying those people who are making or downloading indecent images.

“Once suspects are arrested, there are often painstaking investigations to ensure that, if appropriate, they can be charged and brought before the courts as quickly as possible. The force has specially trained officers who carry out these enquiries, which can include detailed examinations of computer equipment.

“These investigations are, by their very nature, complex and lengthy but the force always strives to complete them in as timely a manner as possible.

“We will carry on pro-actively targeting those people in our community who effectively abuse children through making or possessing indecent images and I would encourage anyone with concerns or information to get in contact with us. We always act on all the information we receive.”

People can call officers via the 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.