Arrests made in Lincolnshire over child abuse images

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Officers in Lincolnshire have made arrests as part of a two-day national crackdown on people who possess indecent images of children.

Police arrested a 40-year-old man near Lincoln on Tuesday and a 57-year-old man in the Sleaford area on Wednesday.

During the campaign the two properties were searched and computers seized.

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister, from Lincolnshire Police, said the raids were "really successful".

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has issued a report on child abuse image offenders and the risk they pose to children.

Its publication stated there was a link between possession of indecent images and sexual abuse of children and that police should have more resources to deal with the issue.

'Rise in offences'

Mr Bannister said the force had been working with 40 others across the country in the operation.

"It's quite simply tackling those people, often men, who access and distribute indecent images of children and also pose a threat to children," he said.

"We've had two searches and raids in the county and both have been really successful."

He said a team of six officers worked hard to identify child abuse image offenders, through advances in technology.

"We do a lot of work behind the scenes and work with other agencies, including people like the FBI in America," Mr Bannister said.

"It's actually really easy to identify people through computer use and through working with internet providers.

"We then work out where they live, where they work, establish what risk they pose and when they least expect it, we carry out that raid."

Mr Bannister said there had been a rise in people possessing indecent images of children.

"Last year our officers examined over five million images of child abuse. The year before that it was one and a half million," he said.

"But I don't believe it's any higher in this county than any other area."

He added that the rise could have been the result of how people use the internet and smart phones.

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