Longridge High School pupils seen on Russian site used by paedophiles

A Generic photo of a teenager online .  See PA Longridge High has issued advice to parents after pictures of children were stolen and posted on a Russian website
A Generic photo of a teenager online . See PA Longridge High has issued advice to parents after pictures of children were stolen and posted on a Russian website
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Photos of young people from Longridge High School are believed to be amongst those of children from Lancashire copied from social networking sites and posted on a Russian website used by paedophiles.

Pictures have been taken from family members’ social media profiles without permission, and uploaded on the foreign site.

On one page seen by the Longridge News’ sister paper, The Lancashire Evening Post, there were two photographs of teenage girls wearing Fulwood Academy uniforms. Children in uniform from other schools including Ashton Community Science College and Longridge High School, have also been spotted by angry parents.

Most pictures are accompanied by inappropriate comments from users across the world, which show they are being used for sexual gratification.

Longridge High headteacher Jane Green said: “All parents/carers have been given advice by the school and asked to speak with their children. We have been informed this is a much wider issue and CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) are dealing with it.”

The site, which The News has chosen not to name, boasts 687,000 users with 41 million photos uploaded since 2006.

A police spokesman said: “We are aware of a foreign website displaying photographs of children which have been downloaded from social media sites and we recognise that this has caused some concern. At this stage we are not aware of any indecent images and there are no concerns about the safeguarding of any children. This is not a Lancashire specific issue and as the website is based outside the UK is a national/international matter, however we are liaising with other agencies with a view to progressing our enquiries. As there is an ongoing investigation into this matter we would encourage people not to try to access this site.