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Six cases of online abuse every day in Cumbria and the North East

STARTING new figures at one of the main child abuse charity shows there are six online abuse crimes per day in Cumbria and the North East.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) estimates that over 25,300 images of child abuse and sexual grooming crimes have occurred in England and Wales since the Harms online white paper was published in April last year.

It comes when the regulator’s law for online arms reduction was introduced yesterday in the House of Lords, a bill for a private member requesting Ofcom to prepare for regulation effectively appointing him as an online interim damage regulator.

Based on the latest police data recorded from the first three months of 2019/2020, it is estimated that in England and Wales in 16 minutes an average of one crime of online abuse was recorded every 16 minutes.

The charity estimates that there have been 1,800 of these crimes in the Northeast and Cumbria since the bill was published, with an average of six online abuses per day.

The legislation will include the establishment of an online regulator imposing a due diligence obligation, which means that social networks will be legally obliged to ensure that their platforms are safe to use for children and that companies can face fines or prosecutions. for violations.

Detective chief inspector Dan St Quintin said: “The policeman will continue to proactively target child sex offenders and bring these people to justice.

“I want people to have the confidence to come forward and talk about abuse. It takes a huge amount of courage, but all reports of abuse will be treated sensitively.

“I would like to urge anyone concerned about a child who could be abused to contact, either through an anonymous helpline, through the NSPCC, the police or a trusted adult.

“Cumbria’s Sexual Abuse Reference Center, The Bridgeway, also offers victims another support route if they need it and are accessible 24/7. Anyone with concerns can contact the police at 101 or for more information on the sexual exploitation of minors, visit https://tinyurl.com/s2xcz6c. ”

The NSPCC supports this bill, saying it speeds up the time for the government to deliver on its manifest promise to protect children from online abuse.

Andy Burrows, NSPCC’s Online Child Safety Policy Officer, said: “According to our estimates, an average of 90 potential online abuse crimes against children come to light one day, so it’s clear that crystal-clear regulation cannot arrive early enough.

“The Prime Minister must confirm plans to continue with a full Duty of Care and urgently present an online damage law that will provide a resourceful regulator with the powers to take on advanced technology.

“Anything less will leave the world to technology giants and will have a devastating impact on tens of thousands of children, their families and law enforcement officers who are left to fight ever more complex online child abuse every day.”

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