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The revelation came as figures revealed almost boys and girls had been targeted by perverts in Greater Manchester since Sexual predators are grooming children using the smartphone gaming app Clash of Clans and popular social networking site Instagram. Chilling figures obtained by the Manchester Evening News revealed that almost girls and boys as young as seven are being groomed via social media sites, mobile apps and chat rooms.
A total of incidents have been reported to Greater Manchester Police over the past three years, with more than two-thirds taking place during last year alone. One of the youngest victims was a seven-year-old boy from Tyldesley who was targeted through Instagram. He was sexually abused by the suspect, yet no charges were brought as the person could not be identified. The Freedom of Information request found that most of the crimes reported involved young and teenage girls, with just a handful of cases involving boys in Despite police bringing charges against a lot of the cyber criminals, there were many cases where suspects could not be identified or there was insufficient evidence.
A spokesman for Supercell, the Helsinki-based firm which owns Clash Of Clans, where players build an army of wizards and barbarians to fight against other plays online, stressed that the game is described as for 13s and over before it can be dowloaded. Instagram's community guidelines stress it is supposed to be a friendly place where everyone should feel safe and comfortable sharing their lives through photos and videos.
An Instagram spokesman said: "Safety is the most important thing to us when we are protecting our community. An NSPCC spokesman said methods used by offenders can be very sophisticated and they can target hundreds of children at a time.
Investigations can be complex and time consuming but high profile operations and convictions show these criminals can be traced to face justice. We are also always looking for the best ways to handle the ever changing landscape of online crime in the most appropriate way.
We have been working with partner organisations to both locate and protect those vulnerable to CSE, and bring offenders to justice. If you have any concerns that a young person you know may be a victim of online grooming advice is available at www. You can also report it to Greater Manchester Police on or you can call Crimestoppers on TV Films.
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