Police across the country are investigating more than 1,400 men – including 261 high-profile individuals – over allegations of child abuse in the past, a senior officer running the national operation has revealed.
The scale of alleged child abuse across society – both recent and
non-recent – was stark, said Ch Const Simon Bailey, who runs Operation
Hydrant, the national coordinating team overseeing the various
Figures from police forces in England and Wales published on
Wednesday reveal that 1,433 men have been identified in reports of
alleged abuse by victims, since the operation was set up in 2014.
Of these 216 are dead, 76 are politicians, both national and local
figures, 43 are from the music industry, 135 from TV, film or radio and
seven from the world of sport. The cases include recent high-profile
convictions, including Rolf Harris, Gary Glitter and Max Clifford.
Hundreds of institutions have been identified by victims of
non-recent abuse as places where their abuse took place. These include
154 schools, 75 children’s homes, 40 religious institutions, 14 medical
establishments, 11 community groups, nine prisons or young offender
institutions, nine sports venues and 28 other places including military