The head of a child sex abuse police unit hit out today at having to spend thousands of pounds on buying valuable information from internet firms.
According to the BBC, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has spent more than £170,000 on gathering internet data since it was founded in 2006.
The sum, which has gone to internet service providers (ISPs) which charge for their information, was revealed through a Freedom of Information request made by the broadcaster.
CEOP chief executive Jim Gamble said that having to pay such sums was "ridiculous".
"The information that internet service providers hold is critically important to us," he told the BBC.
The information may indeed be critically important to you. It also costs money to collect, to collate and to supply it to you.
Thus you must pay for it so please, STFU.
"For the kiddies" is wearing out as an excuse you know.