Shipston man arrested in child sex offender raids

By Steve Hayes 14/06 Updated: 15/06 08:58

POLICE have arrested a 27-year-old Shipston man as part of a nationwide police operation to target known and suspected child sex offenders.

Warwickshire Police said the man was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children after a warrant was executed at an address in Shipston, on Tuesday evening (June 12).

Several computers and media storage devices were seized from the address and he was later released on police bail with strict conditions pending further police enquiries.

Operation Tharsley was a joint operation between 42 police forces and officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in a bid to crack down on those individuals thought to be in possession of child abuse images.

The operation, co-ordinated by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, saw around 140 search warrants executed nationally.

A retired teacher, members of the armed forces and a scout leader were among a total of 78 people arrested in the raids.

Some 80 children were removed from harm, including 20 found at raided properties.

Andy Baker, deputy chief Executive of CEOP, said: "It is clear that those who possess indecent images also pose a significant risk to children and understanding and managing that risk is not an easy undertaking.

"However, when we bring together the latest intelligence picture, nationally coordinated police action and operational support from our colleagues in SOCA, we are making the UK a more hostile place for those who are seeking to exploit our children.

"If offenders think that collecting child abuse images is something they can get away with, they need to think again. Theses arrests show once again how law enforcement is becoming increasingly coordinated, sophisticated and innovative in targeting those who commit these crimes."

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