Child kidnapping cases increasing

Published: Sunday 22nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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Child kidnappings have increased by almost one fifth, police figures compiled by a charity show.

There were almost 900 abductions and kidnappings in the year 2013-2014, the Parents and Abducted Children Together (Pact) report covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland said.

The latest figures, as reported by the Independent on Sunday, show most abductions – 401 of 559 – were carried out by people other than the children’s parents, while 321 children were kidnapped.

Kidnapping, as opposed to abduction, involves the use of force or fraud against the victim.

The increase in numbers since 2012-2013 could have something to do with a different attitude to recording such crimes in light of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, Pact’s director of research Geoff Newiss told the paper.

“I would imagine that (Rotherham) is something to do with it,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if forces are more sensitive now to the need to record what comes their way.”

The highest rate of child abduction and kidnap was in Northern Ireland, with 11.6 offences per 100,00 children in the last financial year, while the lowest was in Wales where there were 4.5 offences per 100,000 children.

The Association of Chief Police Officers told the paper there has been a significant increase in the recording of these kinds of crimes due to a “considerable focus” on improving crime-recording practices.

The figures include both attempted and successful crime.

Published: Sunday 22nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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