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Dyfed-Powys second highest for child cruelty and neglect offences

By Jonny Drury | Mid Wales | News | Published:

The second highest number of child cruelty and neglect offences in Wales were recorded in the Dyfed-Powys area last year.

New figures have shown the number of crimes logged by the four forces in Wales rose from 291, to 478 last year, with 136 of those being recorded in the Dyfed-Powys Police area.

Only Gwent Police, who recorded 145 offences, recorded more, with 123 in South Wales and 74 in North Wales.

Reports to the police included extreme cases of when a parent or carer wilfully assaulted, ill-treated, neglected, abandoned or exposed their child to serious harm.

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.

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Des Mannion, the head of NSPCC Cymru/Wales, said: “It’s unclear exactly why the number of child neglect and cruelty offences has risen so dramatically, but greater public awareness and improvements in how police record offences could be factors along with deeper societal issues.

“Whatever the reasons for the increase child neglect is everybody’s problem and we all need to be aware of vulnerable children and be ready to report it to the NSPCC or the authorities if we are concerned for their safety or wellbeing.

“We are appealing to the generous nature of the public to support our ‘Light For Every Childhood’ Christmas Appeal to help us be there for even more young people in need.”

The NSPCC Christmas Appeal is calling for donations to its helpline - which is open throughout the holidays – so it can be there for children suffering from neglect at Christmas and all year round.

Just £5 pays for the Helpline to answer a call about child neglect, to donate visit the NSPCC website.

Jonny Drury

By Jonny Drury
@JonnyDrury_Star

Senior reporter covering Oswestry and Mid Wales.

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