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Police Begin Five Sexual Abuse Investigations Each Day

Friday 29th August 2014

LBC has obtained figures showing the Met police has started five investigations into serious sexual abuse a day since April.

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The Serious Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse unit say 657 inquiries are underway so far this financial year, as a consequence of "high-profile child abuse investigations".

This is a further 5% increase compared to the same period last year.

Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Niven, OCU Commander, SOECA, said: "In London, as a consequence of non-recent high-profile child abuse investigations, in particular Operation Yewtree, we have seen a significant increase since 2012 in the number of allegations reported to police.

"We are acutely aware that crimes of this nature are underreported therefore we believe an increase in reporting is a positive indication that victims have increased trust and confidence to come forward and discuss the offences to which they have been subjected.

"We are determined to build upon this and encourage more victims of this abhorrent crime to talk to police now and in the future. SOECA have highly trained officers who will provide victims with an opportunity to speak about these crimes in a safe environment where relevant support can be provided."