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Child cruelty cases fall in Herts while doubling across the East of England

Cases of child cruelty in Hertfordshire have fallen over the past five years, bucking the regional trend.

The county's constabulary recorded 31 offences of parents deliberately neglecting, mistreating or assaulting their children in the last year, compared to 42 in 2012/13, while police across the East of England dealt with with more than double - 906 cases, up from 340.

To raise awareness of child neglect – the most common type of abuse affecting children in the UK - the NSPCC has launched its ‘Light For Every Childhood’ Christmas Appeal.

On Monday, the Houses of Parliament and BT Tower become the latest UK landmarks to show their support by lighting up in the charity’s trademark green.

Across the UK police recorded 16,939 child cruelty and neglect offences in 2017/18, up from 7,965 in 2012/13.

The amount of police offences is mirrored by the number of calls made to the NSPCC helpline – totalling 19,937 last year about children suffering neglect - with three quarters referred urgently to police or children’s services. Last year there were 27,856 children in the UK on a child protection plan or register for concerns involving neglect.

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