Published On: Tue, Feb 24th, 2015 on 1:26 am

Rise in numbers of children snatched in Yorkshire and the Humber

Child kidnappings and abduction offences have seen a rise in Yorkshire and the Humber region, police figures compiled by a charity have shown.

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There were almost 88 abductions and kidnappings in the region during 2013/2014, according to the Parents and Abducted Children Together (Pact) report covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Offences increased 28% from 69 recorded in the previous year during 2012/2013.

The figures showed that abductions – 43 of 46 – were carried out by people other than the children’s parents, while 42 children in the region were kidnapped.

Kidnapping, as opposed to abduction, involves the use of force or fraud against the victim.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, child abduction and child kidnapping offences increased by 13% from 2012/13 to 2013/14, to a total of nearly 900 offences.

Non-parental child abductions increased at more than twice the rate of parental child abductions (14% compared to 6%).

“This Pact report provides valuable insights”

Susannah Drury, director of policy for Missing People, said: “This Pact report provides valuable insights into the scale of child abduction and kidnapping in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“The report has uncovered worrying increases in child abductions and kidnapping offences – highlighting the importance of a quick and effective national response to these crimes.”

Geoff Newiss, Director of Research at PACT, said: “Our analysis shows quite alarming rises in child abduction and kidnapping over the last two years.

“However, it’s difficult to say whether this is a consequence of victims being more likely to report crime, changes in the way police record it, or a genuine increase in offending.”

The report highlighted a variation between regions and police forces in the number, and rate, of child abduction and kidnapping offences.

But whilst the large city police forces all recorded higher rates of child abduction and kidnapping offences than the national average, some smaller forces recorded even larger increases.

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