AN international crackdown on suspected paedophiles has rescued more than 100 children in the UK from child abuse, police revealed today.
In two years Operation Ore has tracked down thousands of suspects around the world for accessing internet child porn.
And in the UK, senior detectives say it has resulted in 102 youngsters being saved from abuse or further abuse.
In all those cases, the children have been removed from situations where they were at risk and some of the investigations have resulted in people being charged with child abuse or for accessing the child pornography.
A total of 7,250 people were identified in this country as a result of the inquiry, officers were being told at a seminar in Birmingham today.
Of those, 3,500 were arrested, 4,100 addresses were searched, 1,670 people have since been charged with offences and 1,230 people convicted.
Many paedophiles in West Yorkshire were tracked down by the operation.
West Yorkshire Police were handed dozens of names to trace as part of Operation Ore, which started in May last year.
An FBI investigation in America unearthed the names of about 6,000 suspects in the UK who accessed child porn on the internet.
Credit card details gave police leads to tens of thousands of people world-wide.
Throughout West Yorkshire, 123 people have been arrested and 48 charged. Of those, 34 have been sentenced and 32 cautioned.
In the rest of Yorkshire there have been 140 arrests.
Many of the suspects are said to have paid to view indecent images of youngsters on their computers.