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Two arrests made during police cyber crime week

cybercrimeTWO arrests have been made in Dyfed Powys during Cyber Crime Week of Action.

A 23 year-old man from Llanelli and a 58-year-old man from Welshpool were arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children. Both have been released on bail.

Dyfed Powys’s Digital Communications and Cyber Crime Unit (DCCU) carried out warrants in the Force area as part of five days of activity to raise awareness of cyber-crime, led by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Detective Sergeant Rob Gravelle, of the DCCU at Dyfed Powys Police, said: “The arrests made this week serve a warning to others engaging in such illegal activity on their computers or any mobile device. There is no hiding place for people committing cyber-crime. We will find them, we will arrest and we will carry out a thorough investigation to seek prosecution of offenders to stop them committing this crime.

“Our Digital Communications and Cyber Crime Unit (DCCU) is an invaluable resource set up to deal with the increasing level of cyber-crime as a result of the changing digital environment. We were the first unit of its kind in Wales and we provide a powerful asset giving significant support to major crime and intelligence operations, as well as supporting front line officers in obtaining the best evidence in cases they are investigating. The DCCU deals with a range of cyber-crimes including online fraud, harassment, protection of children, terrorism, production of drugs and drug dealing.”

Other activity carried out for Cyber Crime Week of Action has included: the launch of a new lesson on the dangers and consequences of ‘Sexting’ for comprehensive school pupils delivered by the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme; providing a digital upload of cyber-crime information for frontline officers as part of their on-going training on investigating crime with a cyber-element to it and holding a pop-up shop in Aberystwyth Town Centre with partners Get Safe Online to speak to shoppers, workers, visitors and businesses about how to avoid becoming a victim of cyber-crime, which was very well-received with the distribution of several hundred leaflets and opportunity to speak face to face with people on the issue of cyber-crime.

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