The Home Office has launched a national database of child abuse images to help police identify both the child victims of sexual abuse and the perpetrators.
The Child Abuse Image Database (CAID) was built to compile the rapidly accruing number of pictures depicting child abuse that have been seized during police raids and taken down from websites.
The central image database is intended to help police officers co-ordinate operations and resolve cases faster.
In a statement, Policing Minister Mike Penning told the BBC that CAID was “a watershed moment in this government’s drive to stamp out the despicable crime of online child sexual exploitation.”
“The outcomes will be life-changing, and in some cases life-saving. That is how important this database is.”