Number of child sex offences in Norfolk almost doubles in one year

A child using a computer. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A child using a computer. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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.

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