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Hundreds are charged over child sexual abuse images

By Hayden Smith

Police staff, teachers and civil servants are among 264 suspected paedophiles who have been charged since the start of a major operation targeting people who access child abuse images online.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) disclosed that 745 suspects have been arrested under Operation Notarise, which launched just over a year ago.

Of those charged, 47 were employed in positions of trust or voluntary roles with access to children.

The NCA said that 518 children have been "safeguarded" as a result of the operation.

Around 10,000 devices have been seized by investigators.

So far 16 suspects held have been given cautions for offences involving indecent images of children, the NCA revealed.

Phil Gormley, deputy director general of the NCA, said hundreds more suspects remain under investigation. He said: "This is an ongoing investigation so these figures will be out of date almost as soon as I've given them."

Mr Gormley added that the scale of offending uncovered was "depressingly large".

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