TWENTY-ONE suspected paedophiles have been arrested in West Yorkshire as part of the biggest ever UK crackdown on obscene images of children.
The unprecedented six-month operation led by the National Crime Agency has led to the arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles across Britain, including doctors, teachers, care workers and former police officers.
It targeted internet users who access child abuse images but has already led to charges for serious sexual assault. Action has been taken to protect hundreds of children who were potentially at risk.
Those arrested included a doctor who had access to more than one million depraved pictures, was found to have met up with boys and kept sex aids and rope in the boot of his car.
Scout leaders and care workers were also among the huge number of people held across the country, and the vast majority had never before aroused suspicion.
A total of 21 arrests were made in West Yorkshire, as well as 17 in South Yorkshire and a further ten in North Yorkshire.
All the men arrested for possession of indecent images of children in West Yorkshire have been bailed pending continuing enquiries as part of the operation which has been ongoing in the county since April.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Williams of West Yorkshire Police, said: “West Yorkshire Police have carried out arrests within the West Yorkshire area as part of this national operation and our enquiries at a local level very much remain ongoing.
“This has been a significant national operation in which all forces involved have collaborated closely and used a wide variety of investigative techniques.
“Tackling sexual offences and in particular sex offending involving children is an area which West Yorkshie Police has prioritised in recent years and allocated extra resources to.”
The NCA says none of those arrested around the country is a serving or former MP or member of the Government.