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Investigation into paedophile rings continue

Police are currently investigating 70 other people across the world.

Operation Algebra – the police campaign which snared eight members of a child paedophile ring – is helping the investigation into 70 other suspected paedophiles across the world.

Detective Superintendent Allan Jones, of Lothian and Borders Police, said that as a result of the inquiry, information on around 70 other people was sent to police forces throughout the UK.

At this stage, more than 35 people have been arrested or were subject to enforcement action. Two investigations are continuing in Scotland, Mr Jones said.

On Thursday, a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh found Neil Strachan, 41, James Rennie, 38, Ross Webber, 27, Craig Boath, 24, John Milligan, 40,  Neil Campbell, 46, John Murphy, 44, and Colin Slaven, 23, guilty of a total of 53 offences, ranging from the attempted rape of an 18-month-old boy to possessing child pornography.

Algebra has highlighted 31 further suspected paedophiles in Scotland.

In the Strathclyde force area, 13 targets have been identified in Glasgow, Motherwell, Paisley, Dumbarton, Cambuslang and Larkhall with a further seven suspected paedophiles charged already.

In the Lothian and Borders area, three targets have been identified in Edinburgh and Livingston, with a further two charged.

In Central Scotland, one person has been identified and charged in Alloa, with a further two targets in Dundee.

Three more people are being investigated in Aberdeen, Dumfries and the Inverness area.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: "The appalling crimes brought to light by Operation Algebra have shocked and saddened me, as I'm sure they have shocked most people across Scotland.

"Our thoughts are with the victims and their families who, I am assured, have been getting the support they need to rebuild their lives.  While none of us can imagine the pain that these evil crimes have brought upon them, I hope that the conviction of the perpetrators can also bring the families some comfort.

"When such horrific abuse comes to light, we seek reassurances that our own children are being protected from those who may seek to cause them harm.  This case again highlights the fact that the protection of our children is everyone's business - government, agencies, communities and individuals.

"The public can be assured that Scotland's law enforcement agencies continue to work closely with their counterparts across the world to tackle internet and other high-tech crime and bring to justice those who seek to abuse or exploit our most vulnerable citizens."
 

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