16 Nov Rise in sex offences against children recorded by Essex Police
More than 540 cases of non-recent sexual abuse against children were recorded by Essex Police last year, figures obtained by the NSPCC have revealed.
Nationally, he number of recorded offences involving non-recent sexual abuse – where the offence is alleged to have occurred more than a year before it was reported to police –almost doubled since 2013/14.
Across the UK more than 60,000 cases of non-recent sexual abuse against children were recorded, with a year on year increase from 10,493 in 2013/14 to 20,410 last year.
Essex Police only provided figures for 2016/17.
The children’s charity believes this steep rise may, in part, be down to high-profile abuse cases as well as the football abuse scandal which began a year ago this week and has seen a dedicated NSPCC Helpline receive more than 2,500 calls.