“How detectives let child porn suspects off hook: They sat on list of 2,300 paedophiles for 14 months – but did nothing.” by Chris Greenwood and Neil Sears

Thousands of child sexual exploiters and abusers will not see any type of punishment after British authorities failed to investigate over 2,345 possible suspects. Some advocates claim that the amount of crimes committed is simply too much for the current police force to tackle with out additional necessary resources. This is an excerpt from a recent article published by The Daily Mail. The source of this excerpt is http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2780174/How-detectives-let-child-porn-suspects-hook-They-sat-list-2-300-paedophiles-14-months-did-nothing.html

ncaHundreds of paedophiles will escape justice because Britain’s crime agency failed to act on a cache of information.

Senior investigators at the National Crime Agency (NCA) sat on the names of 2,345 suspects for at least 14 months, it emerged last night.

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The list of names was provided by Canadian police in July 2012 after they smashed a notorious online store that specialised in indecent images of naked children. Officers in Toronto identified thousands of potential paedophiles and passed the names to forces worldwide via Interpol.

But the NCA apparently left the file gathering dust until November 2013, when it passed it on to police forces. Even then some forces failed to act for months.

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In West Yorkshire, 60 suspects were identified but none was arrested, even though further investigations were carried out. The force did not explain why. The failings were highlighted this week as it emerged paedophile Martin Goldberg, 46, a deputy headteacher at a boys’ school in Southend, was only visited by Essex Police last month, ten months after the NCA passed on his name from the list and more than two years after the Canadian inquiry, known as Project Spade.

Cancer specialist Myles Bradbury, who was found guilty of child sex offences last month, was not arrested for 16 months after his name was given to the NCA.

The revelations came as children’s charity the NSPCC said police are struggling to cope with the mountain of child abuse images they have to deal with.

Experts said they are ‘gravely concerned’ that some police forces do not have enough resources to investigate online abuse.
Doubts were also raised about the NCA. Critics said the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, the unit of the NCA that received the Canadian intelligence in 2012 and which was absorbed into the NCA when it took over in 2013, is also struggling to keep up with the flood of child abuse cases.

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‘I can only imagine it is the sheer volume of reports that is behind this, there cannot be any other reason as this is what they are there to do.

‘This information needs to be fresh and police need to take action as soon as they possibly can to catch offenders and safeguard children.’

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit The Daily Mail website http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2780174/How-detectives-let-child-porn-suspects-hook-They-sat-list-2-300-paedophiles-14-months-did-nothing.html

Chris Greenwood and Neil Sears write for The Daily Mail.