Online child sex abuse case ‘overwhelming Met Police’

28 March 2019 – BBC News

A watchdog has warned that the Met Police was “not able to provide the service victims need and deserve” amid staffing pressures and a backlog of cases.

A review of 34 online cases found issues with the way 29 were handled, with 15 sent back to the force.

The report focused primarily on Scotland Yard, but acknowledged the issue was a “national problem“.

The report, by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), branded the force’s handling of child exploitation “ineffective“.

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