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NSPCC against anonymity for sex abuse suspects

The NSPCC has said that it is against sex abuse suspects being given anonymity.

Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline, said:

When a suspect is named in the public interest - for example when there is a child protection issue -it gives more victims an opportunity to come forward, which helps police build a stronger criminal case.

The Savile investigation revealed there were hundreds of people he had abused over half a century. Many may have felt theirs was an isolated case but could have been encouraged to speak out earlier if they had known the full extent of his crimes.

If a suspect's name is not known, the case against them may collapse through lack of witnesses, so potentially putting children at risk of harm.

– Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline