Six arrested for child porn after police raids in Hampshire

EVIDENCE A police officer, whose face has been excluded to protect his identity, with computer equipment seized from one of the raided homes.     Picture: Hampshire Constabulary
EVIDENCE A police officer, whose face has been excluded to protect his identity, with computer equipment seized from one of the raided homes. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

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SIX men from our area have been arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn after dramatic dawn raids.

Police swooped on 13 homes across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – including Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Waterlooville.

Fifty-four officers involved in Operation Trinity seized more than 150 pieces of equipment including computers, cameras and memory sticks.

The equipment is believed to contain thousands of indecent images of children.

The suspects are all men. The oldest is a 69-year-old Waterlooville man.

Five other men from our area were held – two Fareham men, aged 48 and 51, a 52-year-old Gosport man and two Portsmouth men, aged 53 and one aged 21.

Last night the two Portsmouth men were still in police custody.

The rest were bailed until March. All were quizzed on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

Police say 21 children have been protected from harm as a result of their operation on Monday and Tuesday.

Officers mounted Operation Trinity after receiving intelligence about a website that had been hacked and had child porn uploaded to it.

Some of the arrested men are believed to have downloaded images from the site – which police have refused to name.

Police say the suspects are not linked.

They are not thought to be part of a child porn ring.

Detective Superintendent Jason Hogg, head of Hampshire Constabulary’s Specialist Investigations Department, said: ‘If you’re accessing, downloading, sharing or distributing indecent images of children, you cannot hide from us.’

Seventeen men were arrested in total, including a 27-year-old Eastleigh man, a 24-year-old from Winchester and a 38-year-old Bordon man.