Shock stats show sex abuse levels

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AROUND one in seven sexual offences that took place in the Thames Valley area between 2010 and 2011 were committed in Milton Keynes.

The figures for the whole area were provided as part of a Freedom of Information request requested by the NSPCC.

However, the Milton Keynes Citizen requested a further breakdown focusing on crimes committed in our city.

Between April 2010 and March 2011 1,264 offences were carried out across the whole of Thames Valley, with 184 of those taking place in Milton Keynes.

Of these victims 171 were female and 13 were male with 32 aged 10-years-old and younger with the remainder older than 10.

However, none of the individuals had previously been the victims of sexual abuse.

Local Policing Area commander, superintendent Barry Halliday, said: “Any victim is one too many. We will continue to do all we can to prevent and educate to make sure that people are as safe as possible.

“We want victims to take that brave step and come forward as we will get a just outcome.”

Detective Superintendent, Nora Holford said: “Thames Valley Police takes safeguarding children extremely seriously and therefore when we do receive allegations of offences against young people they are crimed and investigated thoroughly.

“We work very closely with partner agencies such as local councils, the NSPCC and Barnardo’s.

“While the figures for Thames Valley are higher than some other forces, it is worth remembering we cover a large area that includes three counties and some large populations.”