Police Arrests In Bradford Child Exploitation
West Yorkshire Police have arrested 27 males from Bradford, aged from 16 to 57 in connection with online child exploitation charges.
The males were questioned at various addresses across the city and then arrested.
The Police issued warrants after there were claims that the men had been contacting children online, and there were allegations of the males possessing indecent images of children.
All 27 men have now been released while further investigations are undertaken, or bailed while the Police continue with their inquiries.
The Police have seized more than 60 computers and smart phones that are linked to the online child exploitation allegations.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Weekes said:
“We urge parents and carers, particularly in the current climate where children are spending more time at home, to regularly monitor their children’s devices and report any concerns to the police or partner agencies, so these can be investigated fully.”
He urged parents and carers to monitor their children’s devices during the coronavirus lockdown, as children have more free time and are spending more time on the internet.
Adrian Farley, executive member for children and families at Bradford Council, said:
“It’s a good result that the police have made these arrests.”
“It sends out a strong message to anyone thinking of committing these sorts of crimes that grooming children online will not be tolerated, particularly at this time when children are spending more time online because of the coronavirus lockdown.”
“It also shows that when partners and the public let the police know of potential offences, action can and will be taken.”
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