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Over 1,000 child abuse image offences in Norfolk

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Published by Grace Mcgachy at 5:10am 13th September 2018. (Updated at 5:25am 14th September 2018)

Any Norfolk parent knows that the internet holds very real danger for their children.

Which is what makes these figures all the more disturbing.

Over 1,000 child abuse image offences recorded in Norfolk in two years.



Police recorded 559 offences last year (2016/17) and 459 in 2017/18 - bringing the total number of offences to 1,018.

The charity is warning that offenders are using social networks to target children for abuse online, grooming and manipulating them into sending naked images.

Without adequate support, the impact of this abuse can last a lifetime.

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A single offence recorded by police can involve hundreds of indecent images of children.

The NSPCC's #WildWestWeb campaign is calling on Government to prevent abuse from happening in the first place by introducing an independent regulator to hold social networks accountable. 

Last month an NSPCC survey of 40,000 young people revealed an average of one in 50 schoolchildren had sent a nude or semi-nude image to an adult

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Tony Stower, NSPCC's head of child safety online, said:

"Every one of these images represents a real child who has been groomed and abused to supply the demand of this appalling trade.

The lack of adequate protections on social networks has given offenders all too easy access to children to target and abuse.

This is the last chance saloon for social networks on whose platforms this abuse is often taking place.

Our Wild West Web campaign is calling on Government to introduce a tough independent regulator to hold social networks to account and tackle grooming to cut off supply of these images at source."

Join the NSPCC's campaign and sign the petition online.

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