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File image: Spanish police have arrested a 64-year-old after the thief who stole video tapes from his home discovered they contained scenes of child abuse and alerted officers

Burglar steals video tapes of child abuse, hands them into police

Thief tipped off police after watching the tapes, a 64-year-old football coach has now been arrested

Former Steps singer Ian ‘H’ Watkins received a full apology in open court for his image being used to illustrate a story about convicted paedophile Ian Watkins from the Lostprophets.

Steps star Ian 'H' Watkins gets court apology for Lostprophets paedophile mix-up

The pop star's photograph was accidentally used on a story published by E! Online that detailed the guilty plea of the Welsh rock singer

Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile

An entire class of children was evacuated from a swimming pool after a prosthetic leg was mistaken for a paedophile.

Review: 'The Pleasure’s All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex', By Julie Peakman (Reaktion, £25)

"The Pleasure’s All Mine" is an odd title for an academic study of perversity: it sounds as though perverse sex is greedy, self-indulgent and possibly non-consensual. I picture Boy George in his flat in Shoreditch in April 2007, with a male escort chained to the wall. But there is a bigger question raised by the title – by whose definitions are these practices perversions?

Australian state announces 'sexting' laws

The new laws make it illegal for sexually explicit material to be shared with third parties without the consent of the original sender

Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding

Hardly any were capable of intelligible speech and many were deaf and blind

HIV positive predatory paedophile and his accomplice who led 'double lives' sentenced to life for abusing boys as young as thirteen

The pair used social networks, such as Bebo and Facebook, as well as specialist gay websites to groom boys

Ian Watkins, kneeling second left, with his ex-bandmates from Lostprophets, who said they were unaware of his sexually predatory behaviour.

Ian Watkins: Former Lostprophets bandmates 'disgusted' at paedophile musician

They emphasise they had no idea their frontman was a paedophile

A mugshot of Ian Watkins released by South Wales Police following his guilty pleas

Ian Watkins: police pursue new leads after former Lostprophets frontman's child sex conviction

Police are pursuing new leads in the Ian Watkins child sex abuse case after a flurry of calls triggered by an appeal for unknown victims to come forward.

Paedophile John Bidmead jailed for 19 years after one million child abuse images found

The pensioner admitted filming himself as he raped and abused two young girls

Austerity is being exploited and children denied basic rights - report

Study highlights 'erosion of economic and social rights, such as health, food and the right to play'

Search engines take on child abuse: The 'massive breakthrough' where little has changed

David Cameron was as anxious as the Daily Mail to herald today's joint announcement by Google and Microsoft as a historic moment.

Google finally vows to block child pornography - but why announce it through the Daily Mail?

Google chairman Eric Schmidt wrote for the Daily Mail – despite their critical campaign against Google. This tells us a lot about the power of the Mail

Google, Microsoft Bing and Yahoo agree to block child abuse web searches

David Cameron welcomes measures ahead of Internet Safety Summit this afternoon

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