Rate Of Child Abductions In Manchester ‘Double The National Average’

FoI Request Also Reveals Seven Parental Abduction Cases In City

12.09.2014

New figures released by charity Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) have revealed the rate of child abductions and kidnappings in Manchester stands at double the national average.

Released under the Freedom of Information Act and published by the MEN, the findings revealed that Greater Manchester Police recorded 2.4 incidents of such crimes for every 100,000 people between April 2013 and March 2014. The national average stands at 1.3.

It was also revealed that seven of the cases related to parental child abduction, which often occurs after parents separate.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of child abductions in England and Wales increased by 11 per cent during 2013-14 – marking the first increase seen since 2004-05.

Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, told the MEN the figures were “very disturbing” and added: “Everything possible must be done to return missing children as quickly as possible.”