The number of people of public prominence or in institutions believed to have committed historical child abuse offences has increased substantially in the past nine months, new figures have revealed.
The statistics, collated from police forces across the UK under Operation Hydrant, show that, as of February 1, there were 2,328 alleged offenders, 895 more than at the end of May last year.
Hydrant was set up in the summer of 2014 by the national policing lead for child protection and abuse investigations Chief Constable Simon Bailey as a coordination hub overseeing investigation of non-recent child sexual abuse allegations within organisations or by those in the public eye.
Around ten per cent (298) of the 2,328 alleged offenders are deceased. Of these, 1,585 are within institutions and 319 are classed as persons of public prominence. The list includes 157 from the world of TV…
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