Number of child sex offences in Norfolk almost doubles in one year
The number of child sex offences recorded in Norfolk almost doubled year on year, a charity has revealed.
The NSPCC showed the numbers of offences recorded in 2016/17 rose to 1,027, a 47pc increase on the previous year, when 697 were lodged.
The figures showed the crimes included rape, sexual assault and grooming - with 11 offences recorded against babies aged under one.
A total of 315 crimes were recorded against children aged 10 and under.
Nationally there were a record 64,667 child sex offences filed by UK police in 2016/17, up 15pc on the previous year.
The NSPCC believes the increase could be down to factors including police forces improving recording methods, survivors feeling emboldened to talk about experiences and a rise in online groomers.
Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive, said they were “abhorrent” crimes, which could shatter a child’s life.