Sex­ting cases dou­ble

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SEX­TING cases in­volv­ing chil­dren have more than dou­bled in two years, new fig­ures re­veal.

A po­lice chief raised con­cerns over the im­pact of ex­treme pornog­ra­phy af­ter a surge in the num­ber of un­der-18s shar­ing or pos­sess­ing sex­ual im­ages of them­selves or oth­ers.

Forces in Wales and Eng­land reg­is­tered 6,238 sex­ting of­fences in 2016/17 – a rate of 17 ev­ery day.

The to­tal was up by a third (33%) on the tally of 4,681 in the pre­vi­ous year, and 131% on 2014/15 when 2,700 cases were logged.

The data re­lates to recorded of­fences in­volv­ing in­de­cent or pro­hib­ited im­ages of chil­dren, where the sus­pect or of­fender is aged un­der 18.

Po­lice said re­ports come from chil­dren as young as ten, with cases peak­ing around the age of 14.

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