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  • TACKLING DARK WEB CRIMINALS VITAL TO KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE SAYS MP

    Mel Stride

    A CRACKDOWN on criminals who operate on the dark web, announced by Home Secretary Amber Rudd at the CYBERUK conference last week, has been welcomed by Central Devon MP Mel Stride. £9 million has been set aside by the Home Office to make it more difficult for criminals to operate on the largely hidden part of the internet which is increasingly being used for drug dealing, the sale of firearms, child pornography, fraud and other illegal activities.

    During her speech the Home Secretary said the dark web was “a dangerous place where anonymity emboldens people to break the law in the most horrifying of ways” and that the UK’s specialist law enforcement response “will use this money to help combat the criminals who continually exploit the anonymity of the dark web”.

    Welcoming the crackdown Mr Stride said:

    “Two months ago, one of the most prolific paedophiles our country has seen was sentenced to 32 years in jail after admitting 137 charges. Matthew Falder never met any of his victims – instead he hid behind the anonymity of the dark web to blackmail others into committing horrendous crimes, including the rape of a four-year-old child. At least three of his victims attempted suicide. The Government has been right to make tackling cyber-crime more of a priority for the police in recent years and this specific target of illegal activities on the dark web is a good move.”







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