David Cameron: Sexual predators who use 'disgusting' child grooming guides will face the same punishment as terrorists

New laws will crackdown on paedophiles who use the 'dark internet' to read sickening manuals with tips on how to identify and groom victims

Paedophiles who access, write or distribute child grooming guides will be treated in the same way as terrorists under new laws set to be revealed in the Queen’s speech.

It means that sexual predators use the sickening manuals will face the same punishment as terrorists who download bomb-making guides.

The crackdown is part of an attempt to close a legal loophole that allows sexual predators to write and distribute guides containing tips on identifying victims, grooming them and avoiding capture.

The new laws are being spearheaded by David Cameron, who told The Sunday Times: "I want to ensure we do everything we can to protect children - and that's why I am making them illegal."

"It's completely unacceptable that there is a loophole in the law which allows paedophiles to write and distribute these disgusting documents,” he added.

The Prime Minister was forced into action after an joint investigation by GCHQ , National Crime Agency (NCA) and the FBI discovered paedophile manuals lurking in a chaotic part of the internet known as the ‘dark web’.

The guides are said to include tips on how to approach children on the street, as well as examples of activities that would involve meeting them.

According to The Sunday Times, the NCA believes that as many as 20,000 people in Britain will soon be using the dark web.

The secretive part of the internet is accessed via a special download software using technology that gives users anonymity.

The new paedophile law will be in place in time for next year’s general election and could come as an amendment to the Obscene Publications Act (1959).

It is the latest step in the government’s crackdown on online paedophile activity. Last November, the Prime Minister reached an agreement with internet firms to stop people seeing child abuse images and videos when they input paedophile search terms.

The NCA is said to be running a test of search engine results next month to check that child abuse results continue to be blocked.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Business Development Executive / Digital Marketing Executive

£26000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A luxury beauty house with a nu...

Recruitment Genius: Housekeepers - Immediate Start

£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This company are currently recruiting new exp...

Recruitment Genius: Head Concierge

£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This award winning Property Man...

Recruitment Genius: Content, SEO and PPC Executive

£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has ari...

Day In a Page

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral