#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – July 16 – Doctors, teachers, care workers and former police officers are among more than 600 suspected paedophiles arrested following a massive nationwide police operation.
The operation initially targeted people suspected of accessing indecent images of children on-line, but some of those arrested have now been charged with a wide range of offences, including serious sexual assault.
A total of 660 people were arrested as part of the operation and spokesman for the NCA said more than 400 children throughout Britain had been safeguarded.
Many of those arrested were people who had access to children in the course of their work.
The majority had not previously been on the police’s radar and had not previously been arrested for sex offences.
None of those arrested is a serving or former MP or member of the Government, according to the NCA.
Phil Gormley, deputy director general of the NCA, said: “This is the first time the UK has had the capability to coordinate a single targeted operation of this nature. Over the past six months we have seen unprecedented levels of cooperation to deliver this result.
“Our aim was to protect children who were victims of or might be at risk of sexual exploitation.