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A man known only as Nick who claimed he had been raped and abused by a Westminster paedophile ring has been charged with offences relating to indecent images of children, it is understood. The accuser, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, sparked Operation Midland after he told police he…
The Government has failed to properly implement about half of the child safety online recommendations made a decade ago, the charity says. Professor Tanya Byron made a series of "urgent recommendations" to help keep children safe online in 2008 - 10 years later the NSPCC claims the Government is "dragging…
Britain's biggest police force witnessed a 700% spike in the number of online child abuse cases referred to them by national investigators over three years, an inquiry has heard. The National Crime Agency (NCA) alerted Scotland Yard to potential paedophiles operating over the internet on 647 occasions between January 1…
Pre-teens are "ill-equipped" for the "avalanche of pressure" on social media as they head into secondary school, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned. Anne Longfield said for many children the social media world begins to dominate their social life, with many craving and seeing likes and comments as a…
Nearly 200 suspected paedophiles were arrested in just one week as investigators warned of a rise in the use of live streaming to groom, blackmail and abuse victims. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said a UK-wide operation in October had saved 245 children from harm and 192 people were detained.…
The number of young people contacting Childline about child sexual exploitation rose by a third last year. The charity delivered 3,122 counselling sessions to children and teenagers on the issue in 2016/17, up from 2,340 in 2015/16. Young people access the sessions by either ringing Childline, or contacting them online…
Major brands have begin pulling advertising from YouTube after it was reported that paedophiles are operating on the site and evading protection mechanisms. Brands, including Mars and Lidl, have stopped advertising on YouTube on the eve of one of the biggest shopping days of the year, after they were alerted…
A man who tricked children across the world into sending him nude selfies then blackmailed them into sexually abusing young relatives on camera has had four years added to his jail sentence. Paul Leighton, 32, from Malvern Crescent, Seaham, County Durham, watched by video link from prison as three judges…
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