Double rapist Phil Collins, of Ipswich, on worldwide child porn inquiry list along with paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury

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Rapist Phil Collins convicted at Ipswich Crown Court of a

NEWS Photograph Contributed 29/1/2010 Rapist Phil Collins convicted at Ipswich Crown Court of a rape in Gippeswyk Park in January 1990 EADT 30.1.10 ES 30.1.10 ES 5.10.11 EADT 5.10.11 ES 6.10.11

Convicted Ipswich double rapist Phil Collins is on a list of 18 child porn suspects given to Suffolk detectives during a worldwide operation.

They were among 2,345 names of British nationals originally discovered by police in Toronto, Canada, as part of a three-year child exploitation investigation before being passed on to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The NCA has been criticised for holding on to the information for 14 months before handing it out to police forces across the country.

Operation Spade, as it is known in the UK, has led to the rescue of hundreds of children and hundreds of arrests across the world.

Among those on the Suffolk list were Dr Myles Bradbury of Herringswell, near Bury St Edmunds, and Collins, formerly of Dickens Road in Ipswich, Suffolk Constabulary has confirmed.

Collins is currently serving a 13-and-a-half year jail term for two stranger rapes in Ipswich near Christchurch Park in 1987 and in Gippeswyk Park in 1991.

In January last year he was also convicted for a third historic sex offence in Essex in 1991. Collins is also suspected of raping another woman in the area of Chesterton Close, Ipswich, in 1986.

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It is unlikely he will ever be prosecuted over the child pornography allegations.

Due to advances in DNA science he was convicted at Ipswich Crown Court in 2010 of raping a woman in Gippeswyk Park in 1991.

This led to another successful prosecution in 2011 for another rape in the Christchurch Park area in 1987.

Collins was suspected of another rape in Chesterton Close, Ipswich, in September 1986. However, detectives did not have enough evidence to charge him

In January 2013 Collins was convicted of a historic sexual offence for a third time.

The then 53-year-old, who previously had also been known as Phil Holland and Phil Treble, was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court to four years’ imprisonment for indecent assault in South Ockendon in 1991.

Apart from Bradbury and Collins five other Suffolk men are currently on police bail on suspicion of child pornography offences as part of Operation Spade.

A 67-year-old man from Lowestoft dealt with by way of a caution.

A 73 year-old man was already under investigation by Suffolk police. However, a spokesman for the force said was arrested but subsequently released with no further action.

A 31-year-old man from Newmarket was charged with various offences relating to indecent images of children. He was subsequently convicted at Ipswich Crown Court

Of the remaining Suffolk suspects one man is out of the country and is currently being monitored. Another has also moved out of the country and further work is said to be being carried out in relation to him.

A third man who was abroad has had his case referred by to the Child Exploitation Online Protection team at the National Crime Agency.

Three men have moved to different counties with the names being referred to the relevant forces.

No further action will be taken against two of the men.

Project Spade

The operation is a three-year Toronto Police-led child exploitation investigation - led to the rescue of 386 children and 348 arrests worldwide up to November last year, according to the Toronto Police website.

Those arrested include six law enforcement officials, nine religious leaders, 40 school teachers, three foster parents, 32 children volunteers and nine doctors and nurses.

The enormity of Project Spade, that netted 50 arrests in Ontario, 58 in the rest of Canada, 76 in the United States and 164 in other parts of the world, was unveiled at a press conference at police headquarters on November 14 last year.

The investigation was launched after undercover officers Child Exploitation Section made contact in October 2010 with a man on the internet who was sharing very graphic images of young children being sexually abused.

The officers traced the internet connection to a man in Toronto who was running an exploitation movie production and distribution company from an address in the city.