April 30, 2018
There have been more than 6,000 grooming crimes recorded in the UK in less than five years, with numbers dramatically rising in the past 12 months, Home Office statistics reveal.
The data reveals there were more than five times more reported grooming offences last year than in the previous 12 months, with children as young as two-years-old as targets.
Offences were logged by police in England and Wales from April 2013 to December 2017, and appear to be rapidly accelerating as new offences are added to the statute books.
Between April and December 2017, in the space of just eight months, there were a total of 2,996 grooming crimes recorded.
The numbers are boosted by the new offences of Sexual Communication with a Child, brought into force in April 2017, and offences for Meeting a Child After Grooming.
This article was posted: Monday, April 30, 2018 at 8:21 am