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Two children suffer sex crime horrors in Cambridgeshire every day

Two children suffer the horrors of sex crimes every day in Cambridgeshire as the number of incidents..

By admin , in Cambridge , at February 20, 2018

Two children suffer the horrors of sex crimes every day in Cambridgeshire as the number of incidents dramatically increases.

The number of child sex offences recorded by police rose to 746 last year in the county, the NSPCC reveals today (February 20).

In 2016/17 the crime increased by 23 per cent from the previous year when 608 offences were recorded.

The figures have been released after a vile Cambridge graduate who encouraged the rape of a two-year-old boy was jailed yesterday (February 19).

Prolific paedophile Matthew Falder, 29, who now lives in Edgbaston, Birmingham, forced one of his victims to lick a used tampon and had another lick a toilet and eat dog food.

Falder, who pleaded guilty to 137 offences against 46 victims, over eight years, was jailed for 32 years with an extended licence of six years at Birmingham Crown Court.

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Eight offences were recorded against babies aged one and under in Cambridgeshire.

A total of 262 crimes were recorded against children aged 10 and under, while 65 of these crimes were perpetrated against children aged four and under, according to data obtained using freedom of information laws.

Nationally there were a record 64,667 child sex offences recorded by UK police in 2016/17, up 15 per cent on the previous year with an offence recorded on average every eight minutes.

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One in 10 of these offences were flagged as having an online element – a 59 per cent increase on the previous year.

The total number of sex offences committed against children is unknown, as more children may not have come forward out of fear or embarrassment, or may not even realise they have been abused.

The NSPCC is calling for the government to direct more resources to ensure high-quality training and support is available to frontline police officers to help raise awareness of safeguarding procedures and tackle child sex offences, especially online.

Matthew Falder

Matthew Falder was jailed for 32 years after admitting a string of 137 offences.

When arrested the 29-year-old called it the "rap sheet from hell."

Here is the full list of offences Falder plead guilty to.

: Arranging or facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child x 1

:: Blackmail x 12

:: Blackmail, conspiracy to x 4

:: Blackmail, encouraging or assisting an offence of blackmail, believing it will be committed x 2

:: Causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity x 3

:: Causing or inciting the sexual exploitation of a child x 20

:: Distribute indecent images of a child, conspiracy to x 2

:: Distributing indecent images of children x 12

:: Encouraging or assisting the commission of offences of taking, making or distributing indecent images x 6

:: Forced or compulsory labour x 1

:: Fraud by representation x 23

:: Intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence of blackmail x 1

:: Intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence of child exploitation x 1

:: Intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence of rape x 3

:: Intentionally encouraging or assisting of offence of sexual activity with a child family member x 1

:: Make indecent images of child, conspiracy to x 2

:: Making indecent images of children x 7

:: Malicious communication x 5

:: Participating in the activities of an organised crime group x 3

:: Possession of a paedophile manual x 2

:: Possession of extreme pornography x 1

:: Possession of indecent images of children x 1

:: Possession of indecent images with a view to their distribution x 2

:: Publishing an advertisement about distribution of indecent images x 1

:: Publishing an obscene article x 3

:: Sending an electronic communication with intent to cause distress or anxiety x 5

:: Sending electronic communication with intent to cause distress, conspiracy to x 3

A further 51 offences will lie on file as part of Falder's plea agreement.

But it is also vital that children feel able to come forward to disclose abuse. The NSPCC’s Speak Out. Stay Safe. programme visits primary schools across the UK to help children learn the signs of abuse in an age-appropriate way, and what to do if they have been victims of such abuse.

The scheme reached more than 29,000 children in Cambridgeshire in the last academic year.

Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive, said: “This dramatic rise is extremely concerning and shows just how extensive child sexual abuse is.

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“These abhorrent crimes can shatter a child’s life, leaving them to feel humiliated, depressed, or even suicidal.

"That is why it is crucial every single child who has endured abuse and needs support must get timely, thorough help so they can learn to rebuild their lives.

“These new figures suggest the police are making real progress in how they investigate sex offences against children.

"To help them tackle the issue going forward, we must ensure the police are equipped to work with other agencies and provide ongoing support and training to officers on the front line.”

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