Police today [8th August] revealed that an international paedophile network has been infiltrated by law enforcement officers and dozens of suspects arrested.
The operation was run jointly by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, Cleveland Police and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).
The investigation involved the largest ever coordinated deployment of undercover officers in the UK within a child protection investigation.
The announcement came as a 27 year old Teesside man was sentenced to an indeterminate public protection sentence for his part in the network, which has so far identified over 360 suspects worldwide. More than 130 of these suspects are in the UK, resulting in over 50 arrests to date.