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 Wednesday, 15 January, 2003, 10:35 GMT
Briton held in Thailand over child porn
Robert Errol Wood
Wood was about to board a flight to Dubai
A 24-year-old Briton is facing charges of child molestation and internet paedophilia after being arrested at Bangkok airport in Thailand.

Robert Wood, from Manchester, was stopped after attempting to fly to Dubai, police said on Wednesday.

Mr Wood was charged with molesting and disseminating photographs of boys aged under 15.

Robert Errol Wood
Wood is being held in police detention

His arrest followed a tip-off from British police.

Mr Wood is said to have entered Thailand as a tourist and shortly after rented an apartment in the capital Bangkok.

Boarding flight

Police allege he used the flat as a base to lure young boys, whom he sexually abused and then photographed.

Cameras and computer equipment from Mr Wood's hotel room have also been seized, a police spokesman told the news agency AP.

Mr Wood, who is being held in police detention prior to a court appearance, faces a maximum 15 years in prison if found guilty.

He was arrested on Tuesday at Bangkok's Don Muang airport as he was about to board a midnight flight for Dubai.

Mr Wood's arrest comes as police in Britain working on Operation Ore trawl through the credit card details of 6,000 people - including rock star Pete Townshend - flagged up as part of a crackdown by the United States Postal Inspection Service.

It is not known if Mr Wood's arrest is connected in any way with Operation Ore.


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