Rise in child sex offences

NEARLY 400 sex offences against children were recorded by Suffolk Police last year.

According to figures obtained by the NSPCC, 28 of the victims were pre-school age and 119 were aged 11 or under.

Dan Russell, NSPCC regional head of service for Suffolk, said: “Thousands of people come forward every year to report sex crimes against children, but many victims are too young to ask for help. Others are too scared to tell anyone.”

The figures show a rise in the number of recorded offences across England and Wales from 21,618 in 2008-09 to 23,390 last year.

Mr Russell added: “This rise is a real concern and we need to find ways to help victims and change the behaviour of offenders.”