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A RECORD number of children have been rescued by British Police authorities from paedophiles prowling the internet for the fifth consecutive year, a specialist police unit said.
More than 1,000 children have been safeguarded or protected, including 414 in the last 12 months alone, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) said.
It comes as the agency’s figures show it has dismantled more than 394 high-risk sex offender networks since it was set up in 2006 tasked with tracking online paedophiles.
Of these, a record 132 networks have been dismantled in the last year as the unit’s actions also led to a record 513 arrests, taking the total number of suspected paedophiles it has helped arrest in the last five years to 1,644.
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