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If you're concerned that something you've seen online is breaking the law - it could be child pornography, racist material, sale of illegal substances  - then please report it.

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What do I do now?

If you see or hear of suspected illegal activity online, there are a few initial steps to follow:

Record

  • Make a note of the website address where you identified the suspect activity.
  • Take a 'screenshot' of the site, link or e-mail that raised your concerns

Protect yourself

  • Do not follow any suspect links and if you have landed on a suspicious website then close your browser and clear your browser temporary files
  • Don't forget to run a virus scan to be on the safe side

Report

This should be reported to Gloucestershire Constabulary

  • Report it online here
  • 101 non-emergency

If you feel that there is life at risk and require an emergency response, please call 999.

We may also ask you to report it to Action Fraud as part of the national initiative relating to cybercrime.

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What happens next?

If you report the cybercrime to us directly, we will provide you with an incident number and harm reduction advice to help protect you when you are online. Your report will be reviewed by officers who will contact you further if additional information is required.

If you report it to Action Fraud, the details are passed to the national Fraud Intelligence Bureau, which works with police forces and a number of other key agencies in gathering and sharing intelligence and linking information on crime patterns. Any cybercrime that requires police investigation is passed to your local force to deal with. Action Fraud also provides reassurance, advice and support to callers.

Victim Support: Emotional support and practical information is available should the illegal activity you have reported adversely affect you. For help and support the local victim care team is on 0845 6121 900

If an arrest is made, the offender is likely to be prosecuted and you may be required to be a witness at court. Information on attending court as a witness can be found here

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What else can I do?

Sticking to some simple principles whilst using the internet will help make your online experience a safer one, please see the further information section for more details.

Page last updated: 18 January 2018