‘Witch­craft’ abuse cases on the rise

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Child abuse linked to ex­or­cism and witch­craft ac­cu­sa­tions is on the rise, fig­ures ob­tained by the BBC sug­gest.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice said there had been 60 crimes linked to faith in Lon­don so far this year. It saw re­ports dou­ble from 23 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.

Half of UK po­lice forces do not record such cases and many lo­cal author­i­ties are also un­able to pro­vide fig­ures.

The NSPCC said author­i­ties “need to en­sure they are able to spot the signs of this par­tic­u­lar brand of abuse”.

Lon­don is unique in hav­ing a po­lice team, Pro­ject Vi­o­let, ded­i­cated to this type of abuse.

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