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Paedophilia: Government to make downloading 'manuals' illegal

The Government has announced new laws to tighten the net on paedophiles, making it illegal to download 'manuals' describing how to groom children in order to commit sexual offences, reports the BBC.

The National Crime Agency has reported that its investigations had discovered online 'manuals' designed to assist those who wish to commit sexual offences against children by telling them how to go about it.

It is understood the proposed changes to the law will be included in the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament on 4 June. This is the final session of Parliament before next May's general election.

The Government is likely to make amendments to the existing Obscene Publications Act 1959 in order to implement the new laws.

Although the details of how the Government will go about prohibiting the downloading of such manuals is yet to be made clear, the law could mirror those prohibiting the downloading of materials designed for terror activity.

The downloading of materials design to promote terrorism can be accompanied by a prison sentence of up to two years.

In an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper Prime Minister David Cameron said that he viewed the ability to download manuals on child pornography and exploitation as a legal loophole that would be closed.

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

"I want to ensure we do everything we can to protect children - and that's why I am making them illegal," he added.