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Police alerted to sickening child-porn images circulated in Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

SICKENING images of a sexual assault on a young child have been circulated on Blackberry phones causing outrage in Gloucester.

Police received complaints about the image from phone users.

Four people have alerted officers so far but is thought many more have been inadvertently sent the horrific message.

An image is being circulated among Blackberry users with a message calling on people to pass it on to help identify the offender.

But when people click into the message the horrific image appears. Young mum Amy Marwood, 22, from Churchdown said she broke-down when she opened the message.

"I had no idea what the content was until it was too late," she said.

"I just wanted to cry when I saw it. I have a five-year-old daughter and I would kill anyone who would do that to her. It is dangerous when you don't always know what you have been sent or where it has come from with Blackberry Messenger. Other children could have seen this, the effect it will have on them is frightening."

Police and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre are now investigating. Detective Inspector Mark Chicken from the child abuse investigation team at Gloucestershire police said: "We are in contact with CEOP which is investigating a number of these incidents nationally. Clearly these were very distressing images and anyone who received them should call police to report the matter."

A CEOP spokesman said work is ongoing with the Internet Watch Foundation and Blackberry to block the link and identify the source.

He said: "CEOP will look to engage with Blackberry to resolve this issue happening in the future. Anyone receiving the link to this image should delete it immediately and not distribute further."

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