Cyber crime detectives arrest 15 men in connection with online child sex crimes following two-week operation in Bradford

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Fifteen men have been arrested on suspicion of sexually exploiting children online following a series of raids in Bradford.

A two-week operation was carried out across the city at 15 separate addresses.

The men, aged between 22 and 65, have all been released pending further investigation. Officers also seized 60 computers and mobile phones during the raids.

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Detective Chief Inspector Alan Weekes, of Bradford’s Safeguarding Unit, said parents should continue to monitor children's activity online.

Computers and mobile phones were seized in connection with the investigationComputers and mobile phones were seized in connection with the investigation
Computers and mobile phones were seized in connection with the investigation

He said: “Tackling child abuse and protecting the vulnerable is not something that any one agency can do in isolation, which is why we work closely with partner organisations and charities to support victims, bring offenders to justice and make our communities safer and feel safer.

“The Policing Online Investigations Team in Bradford is dedicated to tackling this area of criminality in the district and will continue to work with partners and the public to identify and arrest suspects

“We urge parents and carers, particularly in the current climate where children are spending more time at home, to regularly monitor their children’s mobiles and laptops and report any concerns to the police or partner agencies, so these can be investigated fully.

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“We would also warn anyone attempting to contact children online that they cannot hide behind their mobile phone or internet use and that we will take action to make sure children can use the internet more safely.”

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