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Police cash to combat paedophile gangs

Cash to stamp out child abuse is a “bold and important step”, South-East England Member of the European Parliament Catherine Bearder has said.

Catherine has welcomed news £500,000 is to be spent on targeting paedophile gangs.

Catherine said: “This is a strong statement of intent from the Police, despite  mounting financial pressures forces has faced. I have been saying consistently this is not an issue which only affects ‘other communities’, it is happening in all of our towns and cities. We have seen vile reports from across the country and it always shocks people how this terrible abuse happened right under their noses.”

The police fund will be available up to 2014, and could include bringing in outside firms to work on analysis of computers.

It is thought to be the first time cash has been specifically aimed at stopping child exploitation.

Catherine added: “Child abuse is happening because criminals are exploiting demand… they must be stopped. Today is a bold and important step, but it is only the start of making sure abusers are caught.”

Catherine has been spearheading a campaign aimed at raising awareness of trafficking into crime and the sex industry around major sporting events, such as Euro 2012.