JIM GAMBLE NOT WORTH A MONKEYS AS A COP

McCanns ‘Curse’ strikes Again: Jim Gamble head of CEOP has Resigned

4 October 2010 | Posted by  Joana Morais Leave a Comment

According to Mark William Thomas on Twitter Jim Gamble head of CEOP has just Resigned: “@mwilliamsthomas: I am told that Jim Gamble CEO at CEOP has resigned he sent his letter today to the Home Sec #breakingnews”

@ChrisMasonBBC BBC News has learnt Jim Gamble, the Chief Exec of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has offered his resignation.

@SkyNewsBreak Sources: Head of Britain’s Child Exploitation And Online Protection centre Jim Gamble offers to resign in protest at Government crime plans.

@channel4news Jim Gamble, Chief Exec of CEOP, offers resignation to Home Secretary. Reports say it is in protest of proposed CEOP/SOCA merger.

@c4marcus Jim Gamble’s certainly timed his resignation for maximum impact. Home Secretary’s speech to #cpc10 is in just over 12 hours.

@KeirSimmonsITV Source says Kate and Gerry McCann will be ‘disappointed’ to hear of resignation of head of Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre.

Chief executive of Ceop resigns

breaking newsThe chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has offered his resignation, the BBC has learned.

The Home Office confirmed the Home Secretary was aware Jim Gamble had sent a resignation letter to her. The agency said it did not feel it was in the best interests of children and young people for Ceop to be assimilated into the National Crime Agency.

The merger proposal was outlined by Theresa May in July.

Ceop told the BBC it “does not feel that it is in the best interests of children and young people for CEOP to be assimilated into the National Crime Agency, as was announced a short while ago.

“This direction of travel does not seem to have changed and Ceop’s CEO, Jim Gamble, has therefore offered his resignation to the Home Secretary with a four month notice period. We are not prepared to comment further.”

It is understood that Ceop has made representations to the government since the announcement that its work was to become part of the proposed National Crime Agency

4 October 2010 Last updated at 20:47 GMT

Jim GambleOnline child protection chief Jim Gamble resigns

Ceop has made representations to the government over the decision

The chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has resigned in a row over its future, the BBC has learned.

The Home Office confirmed the home secretary had accepted Jim Gamble’s resignation letter.

MrGamble did not believe the decision to assimilate Ceop into the National Crime Agency was in the best interests of children and young people.

The merger proposal was outlined by Theresa May in July.

In a statement Ceop said: “The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre does not feel that it is in the best interests of children and young people for Ceop to be assimilated into the National Crime Agency, as was announced a short while ago.

“This direction of travel does not seem to have changed and Ceop’s CEO, Jim Gamble, has therefore today offered his resignation to the home secretary with a four month notice period.”

Mrs May said: “As chief executive Jim Gamble has done a great job at Ceop and made a huge contribution to protecting children. I wish him all the best for the future and arrangements for his successor will be outlined in due course

“The government recognises the importance of child protection and wants to build upon the work of CEOP, but does not necessarily feel this is best done by creating a new quango.”

It is understood that Ceop has made representations to the government since the announcement that its work was to become part of the proposed National Crime Agency.

‘Damaging departure’

Ceop is currently affiliated to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

It is believed that Mr Gamble was keen on gaining more independence for the agency rather than allowing it to become part of a greater National Crime Agency.

It felt it would lose its identity and priorities given to its work would be devalued.

BBC home affairs correspondent June Kelly said Mr Gamble was said to be very angry about the way the situation had developed.

His departure was damaging and a loss in terms of child protection, our correspondent added.

Claude Knights, direrctor[sic] of anti-bullying charity Kidscape said Ceop had proven its worth and the news was concerning.

“It is so sudden as well and to have a person with as much experience as Jim Gamble being taken away from the horizon, really at such speed is a worry, because he is a leader in this field,” she said.

Ceop was set up in 2006 with the aim of finding and convicting online paedophiles.

Mr Gamble was head of Northern Ireland’s anti-terrorist unit before joining the agency and was one of five senior police figures shortlisted to replace Sir Hugh Orde after he stepped down as chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

As Ceop chief executive Mr Gamble led calls for Facebook to set up a “panic button” to give reassurance for young users. The application has been downloaded tens of thousands of times since its launch in July.

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