Police 'under-resourced' to tackle abuse 'epidemic'

Internet child sexual abuse is reaching "epidemic" levels in the UK but police forces are "woefully under-resourced" for carrying out investigations, according to a new report.
The Commons home affairs committee has estimated that 80,000 people may present some form of sexual threat to children online, but warned forces are failing to meet the challenges of the digital age.It described investment in and adoption of new technology as a "complete and utter mess", and MPs found that this also had a knock-on effect on online fraud cases, as only a tiny proportion are ever investigated.As a result, "it appears highly unlikely" that more than one in 200 victims of online fraud would ever see the perpetrator convicted.
Police 'under-resourced' to tackle abuse 'epidemic'

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Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who chairs the committee, said: "Police officers across the country are performing a remarkable public service in increasingly difficult circumstances, but forces are badly overstretched."Crime is up, charges and arrests are down, and the police service is struggling to respond effectively to emerging and growing challenges, such as online fraud and online child abuse."Policing urgently needs more money."
Police 'under-resourced' to tackle abuse 'epidemic'

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The home affairs committee's report also found::: Policing was at risk of becoming "irrelevant" in some neighbourhoods because they are "struggling to cope":: "Volume" offences like robbery and vehicle related theft are increasing at an alarming rate
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