43 people from Weston-super-Mare looked at self-help tips to stop them looking at child abuse pictures

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:25 22 December 2016

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More than 40 people from Weston accessed self-help materials designed to help people stop viewing online sexual images of children in 2016.

Child protection charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation provides resources to people who want support to stop them looking at child abuse images.

It also provides information and support to partners and friends of people arrested for, or suspected of, accessing these pictures online.

The charity’s 2016 figures show 43 people from Weston accessed its online self-help documents, while 23 Somerset adults called with concerns about their own behaviour, up from 20 in 2015. An additional 15 people from Somerset called with concerns about someone else’s conduct.

Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters, head of specialist operations at Avon and Somerset Constabulary, said: “The Lucy Faithfull Foundation engages in crucial work to help people who are viewing indecent images of children over the internet.

“We always encourage people who are viewing images like this to proactively contact the organisation and seek help themselves.

“Our message to offenders who refuse to stop viewing these vile images is clear: you cannot hide behind the cloak of anonymity forever and we are using a range of methods to track you down and bring you to justice.

“Viewing or downloading child abuse images is not harmless. It has clear and damaging consequences for the children who are being abused, for the offenders themselves and for their families, who are inevitably caught up in the consequences of their criminal actions.”

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