HUNDREDS of suspected paedophiles across Britain - including nine in Derbyshire - have been arrested after a crackdown on major sex crimes.
The National Crime Agency said the 660 people arrested included workers who had access to children through their jobs and had no previous contact with police.
The six-month operation, called Operation Notarise, targeted internet users who access child abuse images and has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.
The agency said the massive investigation involved 45 police forces and had led to hundreds of children being "safeguarded".
It stressed that none of those arrested is a serving or former MP or member of the Government.
Of the 660, 39 people were Registered Sex Offenders but the majority of those arrested had not previously come to law enforcement’s attention.
Derbyshire police said it arrested nine people on suspicion of accessing indecent images of children during the six-month national operation.
But it said it had prosecuted 68 people for indecent images offences during its own on-going crackdown on web-based child abuse in the county, which was launched in early 2013. There are more than 40 investigations still on-going.
Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Meadows, who leads the force’s child sexual exploitation unit, said: “Since it launched, we have been fully engaged with Operation Notarise, which has been led by the National Crime Agency.
“We recognise that for every image that is sold, shared or distributed on the internet, a child somewhere in the world has been subjected to abuse.
“We tackle this daily and along with local, national and international partners work to identity victims and bring to justice those involved.”