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More than one child sex crime recorded every day in North Yorkshire

More than one child sex crime recorded every day in North Yorkshire

Published at 9:29am 17th June 2015. (Updated at 3:42pm 17th June 2015)

The number of reported sex crimes against children has gone up by around a quarter in North Yorkshire.

Figures obtained by the NSPCC under the Freedom of Information Act show there were 391 victims between April 2013 and April 2014.

The number of victims recorded in the previous 12 months was 342.

Police say it's a sign that victims are feeling more confident in coming forward.

However, the NSPCC, which compiled data from all police forces in England and Wales, has described the figures as "disturbing".

Detective Superintendent Nigel Costello, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "The increase in reported child sex offences shows that more people have confidence in the police and are coming forward to report these devastating crimes.

"However, we know that child sexual abuse is under-reported and we encourage anyone who has suffered in the past, or is suffering now, to report what is happening.

"We have officers who are specially trained to investigate these very sensitive investigations and victims should not hesitate to come forward.

"We work with many other agencies who can provide support to help you deal with what has happened.

"Even if the offences happened many years ago, and it may no longer be possible to take criminal action, you should still report it, as you can still get support, advice and counselling that can help you move on with your life.

"Children's safety is of paramount importance and it is everyone's responsibility to protect them. If you are being abused, have been in the past, or suspect a child is being abused, please do not hesitate to call."

Cases were up by a third across England and Wales in the year to last April, to an average of 85 a day.

Police say anyone who doesn’t want to call them can contact Bridge House, the York and North Yorkshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre, in confidence.

Anyone in immediate danger is advised to always dial 999.

Other organisations which can help include:

  • North Yorkshire's confidential rape support line run by IDAS - 0300 111 0777
  • Independent Domestic Abuse Services (York and North Yorkshire) - 03000 110 110
  • Domestic Abuse Services (Scarborough and Ryedale) - 01723 365609
  • National Rape Crisis Support Line Freephone - 0808 802 9999
  • NSPCC helpline for adults - 0808 800 5000
  • ChildLine - 0800 1111