Online grooming on the rise in Avon and Somerset

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 April 2017

Online grooming is on the rise in Avon and Somerset.

Online grooming is on the rise in Avon and Somerset.

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary says it is ‘working hard’ to combat online grooming, with a change in the law now giving police more power to prevent it.

New figures show there were 38 offences of someone meeting a child following sexual grooming across the force in the past year.

The NSPCC put pressure on the Government to change the law and police in England and Wales have now been given the power to arrest anyone who sends a sexual message to a child.

Avon and Somerset Superintendant Will White said: “Our approach to dealing with offences against children is improving and we work closely with all our partner agencies to protect children at risk and identify offenders.

“We’ve seen a rise in the number of victims of online grooming with offenders using all forms of technology to access and target children. These new powers will give us the ability to target offenders sooner.”


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