Children at risk of abuse ‘now tops 10,000’

AT LEAST 10,000 children could be at “terrible risk” because they are effectively off the police radar when they go missing, a major new inquiry has warned.

A parliamentary group called for a two-tier recording system for cases to be abandoned amid concerns it may leave youngsters vulnerable to sexual exploitation or criminal gangs.

The news comes in the wake of the Rotherham child-grooming scandal in which 1,400 children had been sexually abused in the town between 1997 and 2013.

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