Parents warned over disturbing abuse video of two young children

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11:54am 6th December 2017
(Updated 1:14pm 6th December 2017)

Parents of secondary school pupils are being warned of a disturbing video containing indecent images of two young children from Hampshire.

Its been shared extensively on social media like Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and YouTube and many students in the Salisbury area have already seen it.

Schools like St Edmund's Girls School and The Trafalgar School in Downton have sent out letters to parents whilst others have held special assemblies to highlight the dangers of viewing or sharing such material.

Wiltshire Police and Hampshire Constabulary say storing the footage on your phone or tablet or sending it on to friends is an offence.

Both forces are urging mums and dads to check their children's phones and to talk to them about online safety.

MESSAGE FROM WILTSHIRE POLICE BEING SENT TO LOCAL SCHOOLS:

"Recently an extreme sexual image has been circulating on Instagram; if you receive this message, delete it immediately and inform your parents or a teacher  – do not store it on your phone or tablet and do not send it on to friends. If you do either you will be committing an offence under Section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978 of making or distributing indecent photographs; this offence can carry a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.”

However the force along with Hampshire says children won't be prosecuted so long as they've deleted the picture at the earliest opportunity.

Detective Supt Rachel Farrell from Hampshire Constabulary has this reassurance:

"We are not seeking to criminalise children but educate them into how to stay safe online."

The children involved in the footage are from the Hampshire area and specialist officers have been supporting those involved.

CHARGED:

A 25 year old man from Cheadle in Stockport has been charged following the investigation into sexual offences committed online:

Daniel Norton is facing the following counts:

  • Three counts of inciting a girl aged 13-15 years to engage in sexual activity.
  • Three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child
  • One count of distributing an indecent photograph of a child.

He's due before Southampton Magistrate's Court later today. ( December 6th)

If you are concerned that a child you know has been a victim of online child sexual abuse you can report it directly to The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command, or CEOP as it is known via the reporting button -www.ceop.police.uk

If you need more advice on keeping your child safe from online sexual abuse, please visit CEOP's Thinkuknow website -www.thinkuknow.co.uk

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