Police executed raids across Devon and Cornwall as part of an investigation into indecent images of children.

POLICE have arrested seven men from Devon as part of an investigation into indecent images of children.

Operation Cosford saw nine warrants executed across Devon and Cornwall on Monday and Tuesday following intelligence from other forces and the child exploitation online protection centre.

Two men were also arrested in Cornwall.

All of the men were arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children and have been released on bail for between six to eight months.

The ages of the men range from 26 to 78 and two of the men were also arrested on suspicion of distributing indecent images of children.

Police could not confirm which parts of Devon the men were from.

During the raids, 18 computers were seized along with a number of media devices such as USBs, CDs, DVDs and printed photographs.

The forensic examination of these items by the High Tech Crime Unit is expected to take two to three months.

Detective Inspector Simon Snell, head of the force child exploitation unit, said: “Every image and device we have seized is effectively a crime scene showing a child being abused by an adult.

“Our main priority at the moment is safeguarding the children from harm.

“We are working closely with partners and safeguarding boards to ensure the safety of any children connected with these men.

“If you are downloading indecent images of children you will be caught.

“It might not be today or tomorrow, or even next week, but at some point we will be knocking on your door.

“Months of careful planning have gone into this operation in the lead up to the raids.

“Between 30 and 40 officers have been involved with the operation, including officers from the child exploitation unit, public protection unit, and high tech crime unit.”

The arrests were all part of separate investigations and are not linked to each other.