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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.


What do I do now?

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


  • 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


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.


What happens next?

The nature of the internet and the frequency of criminal activities may mean that you are not contacted directly by an officer.

If you are contacted, however, it can be some time after the event so including as much detail in your initial contact with the agency to which you have reported the suspicious activity, keeping a copy for your records as reference will be useful for any future contact.


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: 09 March 2017