Po­lice re­port sharp rise in child cru­elty of­fences

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CHILD cru­elty and ne­glect of­fences recorded in Scot­land rose by more than a quarter in the past year.

Po­lice recorded 818 of these of­fences in 2018/19, up 28% from the 640 the pre­vi­ous year.

These in­clude cases of par­ents or car­ers de­lib­er­ately ne­glect­ing, as­sault­ing or aban­don­ing their child or ex­pos­ing them to se­ri­ous harm or un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing.

Chil­dren’s char­ity NSPCC is launch­ing its Light For Ev­ery Child­hood Christ­mas ap­peal and plans to light up Glas­gow’s SSE Hy­dro in its trade­mark green in sup­port.

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