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COP WEBSITE FOR KIDS JUST HARDCORE PORN; Sex shock after anti-drugs plea.

Byline: CAITLIN MACKAY

SCHOOLKIDS urged by cops to log on to an anti-drugs website found it filled with hardcore porn.

Tayside Police had encouraged thousands of children to visit the internet page after filling it with a strong message on drugs misuse.

And they blundered by continuing to promote the site after the lease of the domain name had run out and it had been taken over by a Russian porn merchant who filled it with sick sex material.

An insider at the Dundee-based force said: "Every school child in Tayside had been encouraged to study the site so they would learn the perils of drug-taking.

"Instead they are being confronted with images which are hardcore porn.

"It is a big embarrassment, this was a site the force was very proud of."

The force yesterday had to recall thousands of pounds worth of literature which directed youngsters to the website.

It also "grounded" a double-decker bus, known as The Drugs Bus-t, it has been using to hammer home its drug message.

A force spokesman said yesterday: "The organisation which maintained the website has apparently ceased trading.

"The new owners have mapped this name to a site which shows material which is quite unsuitable for young people."

The force has alerted children, school authorities and anti-drug groups to what has happened.

Horrified MSP Phil Gallie said: "It's frightening to see how a high profile site like this can be transformed like this.

"But the internet is out of national control."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 17, 2001
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