Reports of child sex crimes rise by a third across East Midlands & West Midlands

The report by the NSPCC has found a rise in the number of reported child sex crimes Credit: ITV News Central

It's been revealed more than two-thousand three hundred child sex crimes were reported in the East Midlands in the last year, while more than three thousand were reported in the West Midlands

Figures from the NSPCC show an increase of more than a third in 2014 compared to 2013.

West Midlands reported cases

3,207

Total number of reported cases in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia & West Midlands.

Derbyshire had the highest recorded number within the East Midlands region, with 510 reports.

West Midlands police received 1,300 reports.

The children's charity says the rise could be due to increased awareness from recent scandals involving celebrities like Jimmy Saville.

East Midlands reported cases

2,300

Total number of cases in Derbyshire,Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire & Nottinghamshire

Peter Wanless, the charity's chief executive, said:

"These figures are disturbing and clearly illustrate child sexual abuse is a continuing and widespread problem that needs urgent action.< "But we know this is still only a fraction of the true number of victims because some endure an agonising wait of many years before telling anyone - and others never reveal what has happened to them.< "It's time to throw down the gauntlet to government which has to ensure all sexual abuse victims get specialist treatment to help them recover. By the end of this current Parliament there should be no children living in the shadow of abuse."

Peter Wanless, Chief Executive NSPCC

Analysts have suggested that publicity surrounding high profile cases has increased awareness and in turn given more victims the courage to come forward.

Improved recording methods by police has also been cited as a possible factor.

A wide-ranging independent inquiry, headed up by New Zealand Justice Lowell Goddard, has been established by the Home Secretary Theresa May to probe allegations of historical child sex abuse and a Westminster paedophile ring.

Last month it emerged that police are investigating more than 1,400 prominent men, including politicians, celebrities and those linked to institutions, for historic child sex abuse.

The NSPCC will publish its annual report, How Safe Are Our Children?, today.