More than 100 under 18s commit child offences in Devon and Cornwall
MORE than 100 instances of under 18s committing child sex offences were reported to Devon and Cornwall Police in the last three years, figures reveal.
The numbers, obtained following a Freedom of Information Act request, show that 117 offences were reported during the three-year period.
The NSPCC, which asked all the English and Welsh police forces for the figures, is warning that the true figure will be even higher as not all forces provided data.
The alleged crimes included rape and other serious sexual assaults.
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Nearly all – 98 per cent – of the 4,562 offenders were boys and, where the relationship was recorded, at least three out of five victims knew their abuser.
South West NSPCC head Sharon Copsey said: "Any incidents like these are a real cause for concern and these figures should be ringing alarm bells with the authorities that this is a problem that needs to be tackled urgently."