1 in 4 sex abuse victims under 10 in Dungannon district

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Ten local children under the age of 10, were victims of a sex crime last year, we can reveal.

Following a request from the TIMES, the PSNI revealed that this figure has risen from seven such incidents in 2011-12.

The spike in reported child sex crimes - common across Northern Ireland - has been put down to the Jimmy Savile scandal, as experts have said more people are coming forward to report such crimes.

In Northern Ireland, from 2012-2013, the PSNI recorded 377 separate child sex crimes against youngsters under 10 said the NSPCC, and like in Dungannon, this is a rise on the previous year’s figure of 316 — almost a 20% increase.

More encouragingly, statistics have revealed a drop in the number of overall sex offences reported in the area.

In Dungannon and South Tyrone, police figures indicate that sex offences have fallen from 54 during 2012 — to 43 over the course of 2013.

But, if 10 out of the 43 were committed against children under 10, that amounts to almost a quarter of all sex crime in the area.