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Paedophile from Hillingdon jailed after distinctive tattoos seen in video

A paedophile from Hillingdon has been jailed after a complex police investigation harnessing specialist digital techniques.

Detectives identified Benjamine Webb, 30, from Drayton Gardens, West Drayton, after reviewing a huge volume of indecent online content, and also matching photos of his distinctive tattoos taken in custody, with those in a video of a child being abused.

Webb, sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court to 17 years and 9 months, had spent years earning the trust of the victim’s families. As a result of the officers’ efforts, a number of children were safeguarded.

Once released, Webb will be under strict police management. Detective Constable Samantha Thompson coordinated specialist colleagues across the Met to gather evidence against Webb.

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Hand tattoo. Image: met Police

DC Thompson said: “This was a truly horrific set of crimes. This man preyed on young children and exploited them.

“What he did was wicked, building up relationships with their parents and ruthlessly manipulating them to think that he was a person who could be trusted. The custodial sentence imposed is fully justified and richly deserved.

“Our role has been to give a voice to these innocent children. Having to break the news of what happened to their parents, was one of the most difficult jobs that any police officer will face in their work. I am grateful for them for their bravery and working with us to gather evidence against Webb, so we can now be sure that he can’t do this to any other children.

“It was a complicated investigation, involving different teams across the Met and it was thanks to our use of digital forensics and technology we were able to convict him.

“The Met is committed to protecting the most vulnerable in society and I would like to thank all the officers who worked tirelessly to put this evil predator behind bars.

“While our investigation was very thorough, we are aware there may be more victims who have yet to be identified. If there are any parents with concerns, we urge you to get in touch so we can give you and your children the support you need.”

On Wednesday, 15 March 2023, Webb was charged with nine offences relating to making and distributing indecent images, engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy under 13 and sexual assault of a girl under 13. He pleaded guilty to these offences on 12 July 2023.

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Image: Met Police

He was sentenced on Thursday 4 April 2024.

Upon release, Webb will be subject of a stringent Sexual Harm Prevention Order and Restraining Order. He will be managed by officers in the Met’s Jigsaw team, a team who manage sexual offenders in the community and take action against them to prevent reoffending.

If you would like to contact police about the investigation into Webb, please call police on 101 quoting Operation Snakeroo