Online child abuse operation – more than 260 charged

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Teachers, civil servants and police are among 264 people that have been charged following an operation targeting those accessing child abuse images online.

A total of 745 suspected paedophiles have been arrested in the National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation, launched just over a year ago.

The agency said 518 children had been protected as a result.

Of those charged, 47 were employed in positions of trust or voluntary roles with access to children, the NCA said.

The government workers include a former UK Border Agency officer, three civil servants, a government employee and someone working in the office of a police and crime commissioner.

Also facing charges are 16 teachers or school staff, a retired magistrate and a police service employee.

They were all investigated under Operation Notarise, the biggest UK inquiry into people sharing child abuse images online since Operation Ore.

Source: BBC