It was a busy week for Cumbria Police's online child abuse investigation team.

Several children were safeguarded during a week-long operation focusing on tackling online sex offending.

Detectives from the team executed three warrants, made two arrests and confiscated seven devices as part of their proactive initiative.

This effort is linked with a regional and national mission aimed at tackling and deterring online child sexual abuse.

During and post the action week, the constabulary has utilised social media to circulate messages from the Stop It Now! campaign.

The campaign is run by the Lucy Faithful Foundation, a charity committed to combating child sexual abuse.

Detective inspector Fiona Gray is at the helm of Cumbria’s cyber and digital crime unit.

She said: "Viewing images of child abuse online is not a victimless crime.

"Behind every image is a real child who is suffering devastating sexual abuse.

"Viewing images fuels demand for the actual abuse.

"We are committed to targeting individuals who view and share child sexual abuse images, as well as those who communicate inappropriately with children online.

"We will do our upmost to ensure such offenders are brought to justice."

Among other operations during the week was the charging of a suspect.

Ms Gray urged anyone concerned about their behaviour to seek help.

She reiterated: "If you haven’t been caught already, it doesn't mean you won't.

"Law enforcement is always one step ahead and the consequences for you and your family and friends are significant.

"You could lose your job, your family, face imprisonment – and be registered as a sex offender.

"But help is available and change is possible.

"It is never too late to seek help.

"Anyone worried about their own or a loved one’s online behaviour should seek support from the Stop It Now! helpline."

Cumbria Police has encouraged any concerned individuals to use their reporting channels.