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Reports of sex crimes against St Mary girls jump

Published:Monday | March 30, 2015 | 8:45 AM

New police figures indicate that reports of sexual offences against young girls in St Mary increased by 140 per cent during the first two months of 2015 when compared to the similar period last year. 

According to data released by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, in January and February last year, there were 10 reports of girls under 16 years old being victims of sexual attacks in St Mary.

However, for the same two months this year, 24 similar cases were recorded.

This means that at least three sex crimes are committed against young females in the parish every week.

Deputy superintendent in charge of the St Mary Community Safety and Security Branch,  Lorraine Elliston, says the increased in reports is due largely to improved intervention strategies.

According to her, historically, people in St Mary do not report sexual offences.

However, she notes that in the 12 months up to December last year, there were increasing reports which she attributes to the level of sensitisation done by the police. 

The senior policewoman says despite the rise in figures, child protection remains one of her team’s top priorities.