Increases in child rape cases leaving Met 'under serious strain'

The increase in reports of child abuse has left the Met under Credit: CLAUDIO BRESCIANI / SCANPIX/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Huge increases in allegations of rape and sexual assault against children is stretching police resources in London. There has been a rise of more than a third in reports in the last five years. The London Assembly has warned that the increase coupled with a lack of staff has left the Met under "serious strain."

From 2009-10 to 2013-14 the number of alleged child rapes and sexual assaults against children rose by 34%. In the last year alone allegations of these serious offenses rose by well over 10% according to figures released by the London Assembly.