LISTEN: Calls for More Help to Tackle Internet Paedophiles in Dorset
9:25am 17th October 2012
(Updated 1:56pm 17th October 2012)
The NSPCC is calling for urgent action after nearly 50 arrests were made in Dorset over possession of child abuse images, in the past 12 months.
The offenders were arrested for taking and possessing or distributing indecent imagery featuring children and in the most severe cases babies.
Dorset Police released the figures.
In 1990 - before the internet became hugely popular - the Home Office estimated there were just 7,000 hard copy images in circulation in the UK. Now, at least five times that amount are being confiscated every single day.
These latest stats reveal 49 people were arrested last year by Dorset Police.
Since 1995 the number of people convicted in England and Wales has risen more than 1,700 per cent from 85 to 1,495 last year (2011).
Wessex FM has been speaking with Head of the NSPCC Service for our region Sharon Copsey, she says "The number of these dreadful images is absolutely appalling”. Click the player below to hear more from Sharon.
Speaking about what can be improved Sharon Copsey said: “The authorities are working hard to clamp down on this but there are still far too many pictures available. It’s time the government and industry got together to find an answer to this corrosive problem which cannot be allowed to continue".