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Obscene online content

indecent images of children

It’s a criminal offence to have, make or distribute indecent images or videos of children.

If you do, it will result in a prison sentence.

If you’ve found any obscene images of children online or have been sent them by email, contact us as soon as possible or report it online to Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP)

If they were found on a website you can also contact Virtual Global Taskforce who'll investigate and try to close it down.

Keep the images but don’t, under any circumstances, email or print them. This will be seen as ‘distribution’ which is a serious criminal offence. 

After you’ve made the initial report to us we’ll come and collect them from you in person.


As a general rule having or distributing adult pornography isn’t illegal. However receiving pornographic images via unsolicited email can be distressing.

You should decide if the matter is serious enough to report to the police. Visit the Internet Watch Foundation for more guidance.


Offensive emails

If someone is sending you a lot of offensive emails and you believe you know who it is, this may be an offence under the Harassment Act 1997 and you should report it to us.

Make sure you save the emails or print them out as hard copies. 
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