4 October 2010

McCanns 'Curse' strikes Again: Jim Gamble head of CEOP has Resigned


According to Mark William Thomas on Twitter Jim Gamble head of CEOP has just Resigned: "@mwilliamsthomas: I am told that Jim Gamble CEO at CEOP has resigned he sent his letter today to the Home Sec #breakingnews"

@ChrisMasonBBC BBC News has learnt Jim Gamble, the Chief Exec of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has offered his resignation.

@SkyNewsBreak Sources: Head of Britain's Child Exploitation And Online Protection centre Jim Gamble offers to resign in protest at Government crime plans.

@channel4news Jim Gamble, Chief Exec of CEOP, offers resignation to Home Secretary. Reports say it is in protest of proposed CEOP/SOCA merger.

@c4marcus Jim Gamble's certainly timed his resignation for maximum impact. Home Secretary's speech to #cpc10 is in just over 12 hours.

@KeirSimmonsITV Source says Kate and Gerry McCann will be 'disappointed' to hear of resignation of head of Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre.

Chief executive of Ceop resigns

breaking newsThe chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has offered his resignation, the BBC has learned.

The Home Office confirmed the Home Secretary was aware Jim Gamble had sent a resignation letter to her. The agency said it did not feel it was in the best interests of children and young people for Ceop to be assimilated into the National Crime Agency.

The merger proposal was outlined by Theresa May in July.

Ceop told the BBC it "does not feel that it is in the best interests of children and young people for CEOP to be assimilated into the National Crime Agency, as was announced a short while ago.

"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. We are not prepared to comment further."

It is understood that Ceop has made representations to the government since the announcement that its work was to become part of the proposed National Crime Agency

4 October 2010 Last updated at 20:47 GMT

Jim GambleOnline child protection chief Jim Gamble resigns

Ceop has made representations to the government over the decision

The chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has resigned in a row over its future, the BBC has learned.

The Home Office confirmed the home secretary had accepted Jim Gamble's resignation letter.

MrGamble did not believe the decision to assimilate Ceop into the National Crime Agency was in the best interests of children and young people.

The merger proposal was outlined by Theresa May in July.

In a statement Ceop said: "The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre does not feel that it is in the best interests of children and young people for Ceop to be assimilated into the National Crime Agency, as was announced a short while ago.

"This direction of travel does not seem to have changed and Ceop's CEO, Jim Gamble, has therefore today offered his resignation to the home secretary with a four month notice period."

Mrs May said: "As chief executive Jim Gamble has done a great job at Ceop and made a huge contribution to protecting children. I wish him all the best for the future and arrangements for his successor will be outlined in due course

"The government recognises the importance of child protection and wants to build upon the work of CEOP, but does not necessarily feel this is best done by creating a new quango."

It is understood that Ceop has made representations to the government since the announcement that its work was to become part of the proposed National Crime Agency.

'Damaging departure'

Ceop is currently affiliated to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

It is believed that Mr Gamble was keen on gaining more independence for the agency rather than allowing it to become part of a greater National Crime Agency.

It felt it would lose its identity and priorities given to its work would be devalued.

BBC home affairs correspondent June Kelly said Mr Gamble was said to be very angry about the way the situation had developed.

His departure was damaging and a loss in terms of child protection, our correspondent added.

Claude Knights, direrctor[sic] of anti-bullying charity Kidscape said Ceop had proven its worth and the news was concerning.

"It is so sudden as well and to have a person with as much experience as Jim Gamble being taken away from the horizon, really at such speed is a worry, because he is a leader in this field," she said.

Ceop was set up in 2006 with the aim of finding and convicting online paedophiles.

Mr Gamble was head of Northern Ireland's anti-terrorist unit before joining the agency and was one of five senior police figures shortlisted to replace Sir Hugh Orde after he stepped down as chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

As Ceop chief executive Mr Gamble led calls for Facebook to set up a "panic button" to give reassurance for young users. The application has been downloaded tens of thousands of times since its launch in July.

Another update at 

in BBC

related: Gerry McCann to speak at CEOP's Conference

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20 comments:

  1. Yes! and another one bites the dust!

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  2. Oh dear, another of the McCanns allies, bites the dust.

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  3. Jim Gamble will leave the CEOP and write the book "The Lie about the Truth".
    If he loses his power at the CEOP or at any police organisation, the whole side of the CEOP's role in Maddie's case could become vulnerable.
    Did he help the McCanns voluntairely or was he under pressure?
    Or will he change his mind?

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  4. Could Kate's trip to Luz have to do with Gamble's resignation?

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  5. Good night, good night, may God bless us all
    Amen.

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  6. Nothing to do with this case.

    My daughter is now in Africa,Namibia, travelling around, a safari.
    I got an email from her today repporting she saw little birds and some chickens.
    And I payed everything.
    I fear the next email will tell she saw ants and bacteries.

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  7. Virginia, regarding your question I think that Gamble made a gamble with the Home Office and lost; now he's just behaving as a spoiled brat - the reason is obvious, money! As usual, if CEOP would become part of NCA, then he would loose the fundings that he's used to have to promote, apparently, social sites panic buttons [like facebook, there's a funny story about that but I'll leave it for tomorrow]. Anyway, back to Jim "Button" Gamble [Thanks, J.;)] he's used to have vast amounts of money, and also several brand sponsorships...

    This case is all about money, I give you a small visual analogy, the McCann case is a big squid, a monumental squid in fact, Ceop is just one of the many sucking tentacles. In terms of fish I'm just a 'sardine muncher', amongst various others in what is becoming a very big shoal. Do you get the picture? ;)

    wish you a good night as well, and a safe safari for your daughter

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  8. A Good Day For Kids A Better Day For Integrity: Gamble Gone & a very good reminder of the immediate tactics to discredit the Police Criminal Investigation, thank you dear H.

    Extract:

    « The growing influence of British police in the hunt for three-year-old Madeleine McCann was underlined last night when it emerged that child abduction and paedophile behaviour specialist officers had flown to Portugal to help.

    Two officers from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) arrived yesterday in what Ceop described as an "unprecedented" move, that comes amid mounting concern over the capacity of the Portuguese police to undertake a missing child investigation of this kind.

    Their arrival was organised through the Foreign Office, the point of contact between Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate, three family liaison officers and Portuguese detectives. The Ceop has expertise in data analysis concerning paedophile activity.

    There are major concerns about the ability of the local police to engage with the Portuguese public. The British Crimestoppers organisation has established a telephone number for information ­ something the Portuguese have not done.»

    in The Independent, May 9 2007

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  9. Thank GOD Jim Gamble´s resigned! Little Madeleine deserves JUSTICE...



    Emilse

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  10. Jim Gamble resigns (well no retires actually)

    Breaking news tonight that the eloquent attention seeker Jim Gamble has resigned over the future of the Child Exploitation Online Protection Agency (CEOP).

    This is the same Deputy Chief Constable Gamble who is so committed to CEOP that he has applied (unsuccessfully obviously) for various chief constables jobs elsewhere.

    CEOP does a good job but the case for making it part of a police owned National Crime Agency is pretty sound.

    And of course Mr Gamble has not really resigned - he is actually retiring on a full final salary gold plated index linked pension.
    My prediction is that before long he will reappear in some kind of consultancy or non executive director capacity in the private sector - for Facebook for example?

    at Public Bar Wisdom blog

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  11. Maybe Mr Gamble will get a job working for the McC's? They seem to have plenty of funds to pay a never ending line of 'experts'.

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  12. Will he reappear as part of the private investigation apparently to take place in Portugal?

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  13. I find it astonishing that such a fuss is being made over Jim Gamble's decision - his own decision, mind - to resign from his job at CEOP. Do people like Claudia Knights (Kidscape), Esther Rantzen, Sara Payne, etc. who are describing his decision to go as a tragedy not know that he wanted out of the job last year? He was one of the applicants for the job of chief constable of the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) in the summer of 2009 and if he'd got the job he'd have been back to N Ireland and goodbye to CEOP. He's only still with CEOP because he didn't get the PSNI job (beaten by Matt Baggott).

    I don't blame him for wanting the job of PSNI chief constable; it carries a hefty salary, much authority and a more or less guaranteed knighthood at the end, plus of course he'd have been back in his home province and doing the work he has most experience of. He likes being in charge; he was at one time head of NI's anti-terrorist unit and it's noticeable that what he wanted for CEOP was more independence, not less. The decision to resign from CEOP is his own, no one is forcing him out, he's not exactly wedded to the job, there'll be someone to take his place and maybe bring fresh ideas into CEOP, so absolutely no need for all the fuss.

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  14. Why did Jim Gamble not use his PANIC BUTTON ? Might have helped him somewhat ! Poor sod!

    Sandie

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  15. http://www.mysociety.org/2010/09/24/bonfire-of-the-quangos/

    This site has a link to the Telegraph list of quangos to be abolished - at first glance I can't see Ceops there.

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  16. Quote: "MrGamble did not believe the decision to assimilate Ceop into the National Crime Agency was in the best interests of children and young people."

    It is obviously not in the best interests of children and young people to have Jim Gamble involved anywhere!!

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  17. He got too close to the McCanns, unprofessionally close, too personally involved and manipulated by dear Gerry. It is better he is out of the way and welcome any other changes that may distance the McCanns manipulation and control...maybe at last some hope for justice for Madeleine. I hope

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  18. Internet firms welcome CEOP chief's exit 'Aggressive' approach unlamented

    By Chris Williams

    Exclusive Jim Gamble's resignation as Britain's most senior child protection policeman has today been welcomed by a broad coalition of internet firms, who said they had been alienated by his aggressive approach.

    Major ISPs and websites joined to criticise the former Northern Ireland intelligence chief's strategy at the head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). They expressed hopes that a new regime will improve cooperation and therefore improve child safety online.

    Gamble's resignation was revealed last night, ahead of Home Secretary Theresa May's speech to the Tory party conference today.

    An often controversial figure, he quit over May's plans to roll CEOP into the new National Crime Agency, which overturned his successful lobbying of Labour ministers before the election. They had agreed to grant the organisation more independence by making it answerable only to Parliament, rather than the government.

    The Home Office pointedly responded by saying it wanted to build on CEOP's work but "does not necessarily feel this is best done by creating a new quango".

    Internet firms, whose cooperation CEOP investigators rely on, echoed that view.

    Malcolm Hutty, head of public affairs at LINX, the ISP cooperative, said the new structure, with child protection investigators working under the same command as organised crime investigators, could help address current child protection issues online.

    "As figures show, ISPs have effectively eradicated child pornography hosted in the UK," he said.

    "The remaining problem is material hosted abroad, usually by organised crime gangs. If the change of structure means better cooperation between CEOP and international law enforcement specialists on organised crime, then this will be a good thing for child protection."

    Other sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the departure of Gamble will offer the chance of a "clean slate" between industry and investigators. One criticised him as "an extremely aggressive person" and a "loose cannon" who "loves the media spotlight".

    Gamble's supporters argue his zealous advocacy has been very valuable in improving child safety online.

    He has used his media profile to lobby, for example, for websites to adopt the CEOP "panic button" and to complain that law enforcement agencies are required by law to reimburse ISPs for their retrieval of data on suspects.

    A senior source at a very large internet firm said new leadership "would allow things to move on". CEOP's policing-style approach had not always been appropriate, he said, particularly as it has expanded to deliver online safety education. The source cited the Internet Watch Foundation as an example where a collegiate approach from authorities, in contrast to Gamble's, had been highly successful.

    Gamble's supporters have meanwhile moved swiftly to defend him and criticise the government. Malcolm King, a former member of CEOP's advisory council, claimed on Today that the coalition risks appearing "pro-paedophile".

    Sara Payne, the child safety campaigner, said she was "disgusted" at the government for "betraying" Gamble

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/05/ceop_isps/

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  19. A recent addition to the Board of Directors of PACT is Jim Gamble, late of CEOP.

    poor children

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