Simon John Breton – Shelf, Halifax

April 2016


This week one of our photographers was investigating a certain individual whom refused to show remorse or guilt to the findings on his devices via operation Ore.

Simon John Breton now 57 formerly of Bradford now living in Shelf, Halifax.


In 2003 Simon John Breton, (44), of Manningham, Bradford, jailed for four months.

Sentence located under area Yorkshire


Simon Breton, 44, of Keighley Road, Manningham, Bradford, pleaded not guilty to 20 charges of possessing indecent images of children on March 3 this year at an address in Halifax.

Magistrates said the case could be dealt with at Dewsbury after hearing that two of the alleged offences involved level four images, five involved level two and 13 involved level one. Breton opted to be tried at crown court and his case was adjourned until June 25.

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Plea hearing….

Simon Breton, 44, of Keighley Road, Manningham, Bradford, who has pleaded not guilty to 20 charges of possessing indecent images of children on March 3 this year at an address in Halifax, was committed to Leeds Crown Court for trial on August 13.

Charges of arrest in Operation Ore…

A second man arrested in the Operation Ore inquiry appeared before Dewsbury magistrates yesterday.

Simon John Breton, 44, of Keighley Road, Manningham, Bradford, is accused of possessing 20 indecent images of children in Halifax on March 3 this year.

Breton did not enter a plea and his case was adjourned until April 30.

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A little about OPERATION ORE and its findings …

Operation Ore was a British police operation that commenced in 1999 following information received from US law enforcement, which was intended to prosecute thousands of users of a website reportedly featuring child pornography.

It was the United Kingdom’s biggest ever computer crime investigation, leading to 7,250 suspects identified, 4,283 homes searched, 3,744 arrests, 1,848 charged, 1,451 convictions, 493 cautioned and 140 children removed from suspected dangerous situations and an estimated 33 suicides.

Operation Ore identified and prosecuted some sex offenders, but the validity of the police procedures was later questioned, as errors in the investigations resulted in a large number of false arrests.

Operation Ore: List of 90 police suspects led to just 50 arrests

In October 2002, the Observer reported that 90 police were on the Operation Ore list. In December 2002, the Guardian reported that 50 police had been arrested as part of Operation Ore. What happened to the other 40?

The Observer, 20th October 2002

Source for above via

In May 2002, Operation Ore was implemented in the UK to investigate and prosecute the Landslide users whose names were provided by the FBI.

In the UK standard operating procedure dictates that all alleged paedophiles must be arrested quickly and thoroughly due to the high risk they pose to children.

Those under investigation were reported by Rebecca Smithers of The Guardian to include government ministers, MPs and judges.

The charge of possession of child pornography was used where evidence was found, but the lesser charge of incitement was used in those cases where a user’s details were on the Landslide database but no images were found on the suspect’s computer or in their home.

Because of the number of names on the FBI list, the scale of the investigation in the UK was overwhelming to the police, who appealed to the government for emergency funding for the case.

Reportedly, several million pounds were spent in the investigations,and complaints mounted that other investigations were put at risk because of the diversion of the resources of child protection units into the case.

Information from the Operation Ore list of names was leaked to the press early in 2003.

After obtaining the list, the Sunday Times stated that it included the names of a number of prominent individuals, some of which were later published by the press.

The Sunday Times reported that the list included at least twenty senior executives, a senior teacher at a girl’s public school, personnel from military bases, GPs, university academics and civil servants, a famous newspaper columnist, a song writer for a pop band, a member of a chart-topping 1980s cult pop group, and an official with the Church of England.

An investigation followed the leak, and police complained that the advance warning would allow suspected paedophiles to dispose of evidence.

A police officer was reported to have lost his job for leaking the names.



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