Increase In Sexual Offences Against Children In Cambridgeshire

17 June 2015, 07:15 | Updated: 17 June 2015, 10:02

New figures show police in Cambridgeshire recorded 344 sexual offences against children in 2013 to 2014.

That's an increase of 9% on the year before.

Nationally though the numbers released by the NSPCC show police in England and Wales are recording 85 sex offences against children every day.

A Government spokeswoman said:

"Children must be protected from the systemic and appalling cases of abuse we have seen in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and elsewhere.

"That is why the Prime Minister hosted a Downing Street summit earlier this year to launch a package of new measures to better protect victims and survivors, bring more offenders to justice and ensure that those who are charged with protecting our children are held properly accountable.

"We have given child sexual abuse the status of a national threat so that it is prioritised by every police force, will shortly launch a new child sexual abuse taskforce and centre of expertise to improve local responses and we have provided #7 million funding to organisations that support victims.

"It is encouraging that police figures show more victims are having the confidence to come forward and report these often ignored and under-reported crimes."