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Six years for 17 counts of making/possessing indecent photographs of a child

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A man has been jailed for six years after pleading guilty to a string of offences involving indecent images of children.

Jeffrey Beeden, of Furnival Street, Cobridge, was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday, Monday.

The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to 17 counts of making/possessing indecent photographs of a child and one count of distributing indecent photographs of a child between December 2004 and June 2012.

Beeden was arrested by police in March 2013 after he was released from prison for serving a nine-month sentence for breaching his Sex Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO).

During this time officers had carried out detailed examinations of computer equipment seized from Beeden’s home address on previous routine visits.

Their inquiries uncovered Beeden had set up a website and forum on the ‘dark side’ of the internet – an encrypted area of the internet accessed and used by offenders.

Hundreds of thousands of indecent images were recovered dating back several years. Beeden had distributed in excess of 6,000 indecent images of children.

Beeden allowed others to access the images he had, and also set up a forum encouraging others to provide, and discuss, indecent material.

Following his arrest Beeden was subsequently charged with multiple offences, to which he pleaded guilty yesterday.

Detective Inspector Andy Maxfield, from the force’s Child Exploitation Team, said: “Staffordshire Police will not tolerate those who download, possess or distribute images of child abuse.

“This sentence sends out a strong message to those who engage in this abhorrent type of offending behaviour. You will be caught and dealt with accordingly.

“The protection and care of vulnerable young people is a top priority for Staffordshire Police.

“The Child Exploitation Team, which is part of the force’s Protecting Vulnerable People Department, is dedicated to tackling child exploitation issues on a multi-agency basis through prevention, safeguarding and enforcement.
“Reports of child exploitation are treated extremely seriously and will be thoroughly investigated. We will continue to work closely with other agencies to protect the most vulnerable.

“Anyone with concerns about children is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.”

Parents are encouraged to visit http://thinkuknow.co.uk for more details about safeguarding children online.

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Heartwarming cops share chips with man who hasn’t eaten for days

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Two police officers this evening shared their chips with a man they found on the motorway who hasn’t eaten food in days.

The caring cops showed compassion and humanity when they could have just nicked the lad and sent him off to the cells.

But instead of taking him straight into police custody they stopped off for some chips.

Showing a truly caring side of British traffic cops who often don’t get the best press.

“The cops from the Leicestershire road policing unit tweeted that they had found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK.

“He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟”

These truly caring officers have shown this evening that police officers have hearts and they do care about people.

Policing is not always about crime, it’s the small acts of human kindness that go a long way.

We praise these officers for their genuine out of kindness out of their own pocket.

Helen tweeted “I know you’ll probably get people complain but. Compassion, humanity and care are great qualities.”

UK Cop Humour tweeted “Fab stuff and whilst we’re on the topic of spuds: why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”

ElAine tweeted “I know some people’s heads will explode at this but well done for your compassion.”

Simply policing at it’s best. What ever your views you have to admit this is compassion and humility at it’s best.

These cops truly deserve to be recognised for great policing work.

Not every job needs to be a tick box, just because it’s a suspected illegal immigrant doesn’t mean they should be treat any different.

Top job with excellent policing skills, that will have ensured this suspect didn’t cause any problems for the officers.

Full up on chips, the officers then processes this man through custody and will refer to the home office immigration services.

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People injured after explosion at London TubeStation

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Police have evacuated a tube station in North London after terrified commuters reported an ‘explosion’ at the height of the rush-hour.

Homeowners and shopowners were told to stay inside after emergency services swamped Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm.

There are not believed to be many casualties.

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Awww Cleveland Police have just recruited these four legged friends

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Put your paws up for our two new recruits, Maggie and Skye who are the newest and youngest additions to the Force. At just 12 weeks old, the two English Springer Spaniels will soon begin their training to become Specialist Search Dogs.

Dog Trainer Constable Darren Gobie and Police Constable Chris Lambert are the lucky handlers of the pups. PC Lambert teamed up with a year 4 class at Myton Park School in Ingleby Barwick and allowed them to choose Skye’s name.

Chris and Skye will regularly visit the school over the next 18 months to allow them to follow her training process.

Speaking of the collaboration with the school, PC Lambert said: “I thought it would be a great idea to tie in with a school in the local community.

Recruiting new dogs is a huge deal and it’s an exciting and educational opportunity for the pupils to meet a police dog, choose her name collectively as a team and to better understand the training process for police dogs, and police roles in general.

The children were delighted to participate in this and I am sure they will all build a lovely bond with Skye over the coming months.”

PC Lambert, along with partner agencies will also be using the visits to the school to deliver lessons on internet safety and safety around animals.

The officers and the dogs will need to work very closely as team throughout the training process to build a special bond together.

Training is both mentally and physically challenging for both the dogs and handlers, as every programme must be passed to qualify.

Specialist dogs are used to detect a range of things with their highly developed sense of smell such as money, explosives, drugs and firearms.

They are also trained to work in public places including licenses premises to search for people in possession of narcotics.

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