Cops who helped crack paedophile ring commended

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DEDICATED police officers who helped bring “evil” Bulwell paedophile Angela Allen to justice have been honoured for their commitment and hard work.

During a special ceremony at the Arrow Centre on Annesley Road, Hucknall, teams from the Nottinghamshire force were recognised for their key roles in several high-profile investigations.

These include the dismantling of an online paedophile ring involving Allen (40), of Nine Acre Gardens, Colin Blanchard (40), of Rochdale, and nursery worker Vanessa George (40), of Plymouth.

The trio met on Facebook and shared vile images of youngsters being abused. Allen eventually pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual offences against children.

All three were given indeterminate prison-sentences and Allen must serve a minimum of five years.

Another team praised at the ceremony was the one which, in 2008, seized £1 million worth of amphetamine from a car in Bulwell. It led to four criminals being convicted of drug and firearm offences.

Det Chief Supt Ian Waterfield, head of crime and intelligence at Nottinghamshire police, said: “The officers and staff who work in these teams investigate the most serious offences, such as murder, child abuse and organised crime.

“These offences not only have a massive impact on the direct victims and their families but also on local communities and the public of Nottinghamshire as a whole. I’m delighted to be able to officially recognise their dedication and to personally thank them for their efforts.”