CEOP Chief Quits Over Merger Row

The chief of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) has resigned from his post following the government’s decision to make it a part of National Crime Agency (NCA).

Jim Gamble, the chief executive officer of CEOP has decided to walk out from his job in protest to a decision made by ministers to assimilate the organisation into the newly created NCA, so reducing its independence, the Press Association reports.

"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,” said a spokesperson for CEOP.

The spokesperson went on to declare that the decision is not in the best interest of vulnerable children and volunteers associated with the organisation.

The organisation was linked with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), while Gamble was struggling gain more independence from as a public body in its own right.

The Home Secretary has accepted his resignation, and said that the country does not need a new quango set up to help protect vulnerable children on the internet or in real life.

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