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The Hunt for Britain's Paedophiles [Hardcover]

Bob Long , Bob McLachlan
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6 Jun 2002
In unprecedented "fly on the wall" reporting, New Scotland Yard agreed that a BBC team could shadow the work of the Paedophile Unit, part of the Serious Crime Group of the Metropolitan Police. The result is an important and revealing series. Here is the story and the disturbing detail behind the BBC series. Bob Long has teamed up with DCI Bob McLachlan, Head of the Paedophile Unit, to write a book which everyone who has any contact with children should read. This is not a comfortable read - it is too frank and revealing to be anything but disturbing. But this is because it tells us the truth, and the truth is very hard to bear. Alongside Bob Long's probing analysis as a film-maker and observer, DCI MacLachlan's expert witness describes the subtle work of the police in catching paedophiles. Not only does he show that police methods are highly sophisticated and that paedophiles should beware, but also he gives guidelines for parents and child carers to minimise the risks. Children are too often abused because of ignorance and a lack of discernment. There are simple steps which can be taken to help protect our children.


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  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; First Edition edition (6 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340786035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340786031
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 15.7 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bob Long is an experienced executive producer with the BBC and has been responsible for many groundbreaking series and documentaries DCI Bob McLaughlin is Head of the Paedophile Unit at Scotland Yard which acts nationally and internationally, often employed as advisers to the FBI.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hunt for Britain's Paedophiles 8 Aug 2002
Format:Hardcover
It takes strength and courage to read this book. If you are responsible for children at any time in any professional, or any other capacity at all, one can only trust that your will for those children to grow up free from abuse will grant you the strength it takes to read it. Although the book emerged from a filmed TV documentary made over a year, it stands up strongly as a work in its own right.
It explodes the old myths of what paedophiles are in British consciousness, completely. It has no time-wasting excess flannel. It''s red hot, rigorous and up to the minute in terms of describing how and where paedophilia lives around us in our society today. The Scotland Yard detective chief inspector Bob McLachlan writes excellently about his work in catching abusers and searching for and examining audio, video tape and internet evidence, never omitting the human side of the ordeal that he and his colleagues endure through that process. It includes trials; judgements and sentencing in the Criminal Justice System that will make you silently rage at the inadequacy of the way paedophiles are dealt with, once convicted. It becomes blatantly clear that as things are now, we are hardly protecting our children at all.
The power of Bob Long as an interviewer is quite moving. In his open and non-judgemental style he brings amazingly different paedophile personalities right out into the limelight. Indeed this book makes the knowledge of how a paedophile will indeed have practically any personality, and will be good at making strong friendships with kids and their parents, far more than intellectual.
This book won't save you from your natural emotional responses to the problem, but by reading it, you'll receive a far more balanced understanding of the broad range of activity that paedophilia is, and the repercussions that both abusers and survivors suffer because of it, far more than from any other book, or any newspaper article ever written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hunt for britains paedophiles 24 Dec 2013
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Thought provoking. I thought it was an informative representation of police investigation and detective work, and the legal issues concerning prosecutions and outcomes in area of child abuse. This reference has probably been updated now in other books. Worth watching the BBC2 series aswell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book that every parent should own. 8 Sep 2002
Format:Hardcover
This is the ultimate handbook on Paedophile behaviour and detection. The authors have covered a very complex subject in a well planned and readable document. Included in the 30 chapters is a profile of paedophile techniques which shocks in its depiction of the commitment ,that paedophiles have ,to the sexual conquest of the child.
The book reveals that paedophilia is a systematic and obsessive encroachment on the lives of young children.
The inclination in human nature to attempt to "understand" the motives of evil is satisfied entirely by the contents of this book ; as far as it is possible, the book gives the answers
on the motives and drives, of the paedophile.
The postscript to the book ,written by one of the authors,
Bob Mclaren ,serves to put the books revelations in context.
This is a book that every parent should own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hard Truth. 10 Jun 2003
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This book is not for the easily upset, but it's a book I recommend that every person who cares for children, either as a parent or a carer, should be brave enough to read.
For it tells the truth about that most reviled kind of person, the paedophile.
It describes in chilling detail the way these people work, how they groom victims, and how they feel that they do no wrong.
The quote on the back cover reads "Monsters don't get close to children, nice men do..."
Unfortunately I know this to be true, so I write this revue with some knowledge of the issues raised within the book.
Although throughout the book the victims / survivors are treated with the utmost respect and empathy.
The book is a gripping read with it's detailed descriptions of the Police investigations, but it never sinks into becoming 'just a good cop story'.
If you have any desire to understand the mind of paedophiles, then this book is an excellent way to do it.
"Dave"
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