THE scale of stranger-danger child abductions in the UK that we reveal
on these pages is truly shocking.
But almost more amazing is that until our own investigators started
asking questions, NO ONE knew the figures.
Not the Home Office, not the Ministry of Justice.
In some cases, not even the police forces themselves.
And itís scandalous Cumbrian officers are allowed to not give us the
They should be ashamed.
But the men and women charged with looking after British children need
to have a long, hard look at the figures we did get.
And now weíve done the donkey work for them, they need to pick up the
We need a national strategy to reduce these numbers.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre have been handed
responsibility to make sure our children are safe.
They have a lot of work to do to turn the current shambles into a
coherent action plan.
But they must Ė and soon.
We will be watching. Even if the authorities arenít.