Why Police Using A Convicted Child Rapist As An Informant Raises Legitimate Concerns And Questions

Jim Gamble | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK
Jim Gamble

In my former roles as Head of Counter Terrorism in Belfast and Deputy Director General of the UK National Crime Squad I have authorised the use of many informants, recognise their worth and understand the benefits that they can bring... I have found myself being asked many times since the news of Operation Sanctuary broke, whether I would have authorised the informant known as XY. My answer is easy: no.

Former Investigator Lifts The Lid On Madeleine Investigation Failures

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK

Competition between British police forces hindered the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and created "a sense of chaos" in the ...

Understanding Paedophilia is First Step to Tackling Child Abuse

Jonathan Wheeler | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK
Jonathan Wheeler

Former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Service (CEOP), Jim Gamble, has correctly pointed out that Cameron's demand that internet companies take action to block images of abuse online demonstrates a 'fundamental lack of understanding' about paedophiles and how they operate.

David Cameron Has Drawn a Line in the Sand - We Must All Now Play Our Part

Peter Wanless | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Peter Wanless

The Prime Minister has taken a very brave step, not just because he is taking on a problem that belongs to a multi-trillion pound industry that has changed the planet forever. But because he is saying that whilst he doesn't have every single answer to the technological problems he is not prepared to wait until he does.

Paedophiles: The Ordinary Monsters Hiding in Plain Sight

Hayley Meachin | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK
Hayley Meachin

How do you spot a paedophile? With great difficulty. While media coverage of cases of horrific child abuse and murder use terms such as 'evil', 'monster' and 'fiend' to describe perpetrators, the reality is that paedophiles generally look the same as everybody else.

Teachers To Be Taught How To Curb 'Sexting'

PA | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK

Teachers are to be issued with a guide on how to deal with 'sexting' - the sharing of explicit photos or videos through mobile phones and the internet...

Twitter Users Help Shut Down Child Abuse Accounts

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK

Several Twitter accounts which were publishing images of child abuse have been suspended following a barrage of complaints from users of the social ne...

The Unbelievable Truth About Child Pornography in the UK

John Carr | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

The NSPCC sent out Freedom of Information requests to all 43 local police forces in England and Wales. Inter alia they asked how many indecent photogr...

Paedophile Raids Lead To 76 Arrests

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2012 | UK

A Scout leader, a retired teacher and members of the Armed Services were among 76 people arrested in raids as part of an operation targeting suspected...

Child Abuse Images Becoming More 'Extreme, Sadistic And Violent'

PA | Posted 14.06.2012 | UK

More than 40 police forces have been involved in raids as part of an operation targeting suspected internet paedophiles. Several people have been a...

The UK's Missing Children Conundrum

Louise Halford | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Halford

The distress when a single child goes missing is enormous for the families involved. Imagine the scale of upset, then, given the suggestion by one charity that more than 130,000 children go missing in the UK each year. The figures quoted by Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) are staggering, beyond many people's comprehension.

Lucy Sherriff

Worrying 'Sexting' Trend On The Rise Among Children | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children are unaware of the long-term consequences of sending sexually explicit images via text messages, known as "sexting", experts have warned as t...

Record Level of Convictions for Child Pornography Offences in the UK

John Carr | Posted 19.05.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

I made two Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to the UK's Ministry of Justice. I asked for the latest official data on offences involving indecent images of children for England and Wales. The final set of answers arrived last week.

Parents' Fear Of Technology Puts Children's Safety At Risk

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children's safety is being put at risk because their parents are scared of technology, research has revealed. A Mori poll, commissioned by the Chil...

It's not a Numbers Game

John Carr | Posted 10.09.2011 | UK
John Carr

Last Wednesday Newsnight broadcast a highly critical item which focused on the activities of British policing. It centred on the number of sexually abused children who had been identified from illegal images circulating on the internet