Demon Internet, an Internet Service Provider (ISP), was approached by The National Crime Squad and agreed to allow officers to access their servers.This led to the recovery of data showing the activity of nearly 1500 newsgroups over a two week period.
Those under investigation are suspected of using Internet newsgroups to request, exchange and supply paedophilic images.
We then hope that the database can be used to identify children who are being systematically abused for the gratification of a small but dangerous section of society."Yahoo News, Fourteen arrested after Internet child porn investigation, 30 October, 2001 Scotland Yard has said that 14 people were arrested early on Tuesday morning across the UK and Ireland on suspicion of distributing child pornography across the Internet.
The operation, which was code-named "Barcela", followed a seven-month investigation involving the Obscene Publications and Internet Unit -- part of the Metropolitan Police's Clubs and Vice Unit.
Nearly one million images of child porn and 1,800 video clips were seized, and earlier this year seven British men were jailed for their participation.
Home Office plan on IMPROVING CHILD PROTECTION ON THE INTERNET: A PARTNERSHIP FOR ACTION.