Four arrested in connection with NCA operation

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Four men have been arrested in Cambridgeshire as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) operation into indecent images of children.

The operation, which was conducted between October 18 and 24, saw 29 warrants executed across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

A total of 24 people were arrested in the joint operation between the NCA and the five police forces. Those arrested are suspected to be involved in the distribution of indecent images of children (IIOC).

Fourteen Cambridgeshire officers were involved in the operation which saw a total of seven warrants being carried out across the county.

Four men aged, 34, 44, 41 and 30, were arrested and have been subsequently bailed pending further investigation.

A large number of computer and electronic devices have been seized from the addresses and are currently being forensically examined.

Deputy Director of the NCA’s CEOP Command Andy Baker, said: “The possession of indecent images of children is a form of child sexual exploitation that requires no direct interaction with a victim, but causes considerable harm to those who are depicted.

“The National Crime Agency will work tirelessly, with partners both within the UK and overseas, to ensure those who pose a risk to children are identified where a crime has been committed, held accountable for their actions.”

Detective Sergeant James Weston said: “We are pleased to be assisting the NCA in this operation and will continue to target those suspected of making and downloading indecent images of children.”