Officers have arrested 13 people and recovered 27 computers along with thousands of photographs, videos and magazines.The Metropolitan Police Paedophile Unit co-ordinated the massive operation which involved 13 forces in England and Scotland.Operation Landmark is the culmination of a ten month investigation by the National Crime Squad.
We then hope that the database can be used to identify children who are being systematically abused for the gratification of a small but dangerous section of society."Yahoo News, Fourteen arrested after Internet child porn investigation, 30 October, 2001 Scotland Yard has said that 14 people were arrested early on Tuesday morning across the UK and Ireland on suspicion of distributing child pornography across the Internet.The operation, which was code-named "Barcela", followed a seven-month investigation involving the Obscene Publications and Internet Unit -- part of the Metropolitan Police's Clubs and Vice Unit.The National Crime Squad then called two meetings, the first in Lyon, Interpol HQ for foreign law enforcement and then London for the U. Detective Superintendent Peter Spindler, leading the investigation for the National Crime Squad said today "It is particularly disturbing that all these news groups carrying paedophilic images are available for everyone to access - even young children themselves."With the assistance of Demon Internet and the support and guidance of the National Hi-Tec Crime Unit (NHTCU), we are able to show that those accessing these newsgroups did so regularly and with purpose.We also learned, not surprisingly, that those abusing the Internet have learnt from recent police successes how best to protect their true identities."This operation has sadly and distressingly brought thousands of new images of abuse to our attention.From this officers established that almost 10,000 Internet Protocol(IP) address i.e.
people, had accessed over 30 of the sites carrying paedophilia."This type of crime involves one of the most vulnerable groups in society and we will take every step we can to protect them," said Chief Inspector Chris Bradford of the Clubs and Vice unit."I want to make it very clear that offenders can no longer hide behind the anonymity of the Internet technology. Today's action follows a similar operation in March this year, when police simultaneously raided 45 suspected Net paedophiles.Those responsible believe that the internet affords anonymity, but police technology in this area is increasingly sophisticated." See this story on the Web at see further the BBC coverage.ZDNet UK News, Seven Britons guilty over child porn ring, Wed, . No part of this database can be copied without our permission.