DIALLING UP SUCCESS IN WEB CRIME WAR; Internet Police Shut Down 50 Sites

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POLICE in the West Midlands have shut down more than 50 websites in the first month of a new war on computer and internet crime.

Sgt Terry Pitt, stationed at Willenhall, Walsall, is the UK co-ordinator of the international Web Police, which is battling to rid the Internet of obscene and offensive websites.

Mr Pitt, aged 39, has also investigated several cases of people being sent abusive e-mails at work and at least one person from the Midlands has been sacked as a result.

Involved

He has also managed to recruit five fellow officers from the region to help police the information superhighway, taking the total number of UK officers involved to 12.

The group is part of an international network of police in more than 450 cities across the globe who give up their spare time to patrol the Internet.

Tips-offs and complaints from members of the public are all posted on the Web Police site along with shared police information about crimes from computer hacking to software piracy.

The Web Police will also certificate websites that are suitable for youngsters after checking them for content.

But so far progress to recruit officers in the UK has been slow compared to countries like Japan and America where there are thousands of volunteers. …