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Children groomed on Instagram.

Children groomed on Instagram.

Sex offenders are grooming children on Instagram more than on any other online platform, a charity has found.

Police in England and Wales recorded 1,944 incidents of sexual communication with children in the six months to September 2018, the NSPCC said.

Instagram was used in 32% of the 1,317 cases where a method was recorded, Facebook in 23% and Snapchat in 14%.

Instagram and Facebook said they "aggressively" fought grooming, while Snapchat said it was "unacceptable".

Following pressure from campaigners, sexual communication with a child became an offence in April 2017.

    

In the 18 months that followed, more than 5,000 online grooming offences were recorded by police, according to the data gathered by the NSPCC.

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