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Operation Hydrant Investigates 800 More Suspects Over Sex Abuse Claims

Police are now investigating more than 2,200 suspects as part of a nationwide probe into non-recent child sex abuse.


The investigation – known as Operation Hydrant – was set up in May to act as a hub for various child abuse investigations being carried out by police forces around the UK.

Back then, 1,400 suspects were under investigation but new figures show that, over the last six months, the figure has risen by 800 to 2,200 - a rise of more than fifty per cent.

People of Public Prominence

Operation Hydrant is investigating claims of non-recent child sex abuse by 302 people of “public prominence” – including 99 politicians.

A total of 147 people under investigation are from television, film or radio and, among these, 39 come from the music industry and 17 from sport.

The police officer leading Operation Hydrant, Chief Constable Simon Bailey of Norfolk Constabulary, has confirmed that more and more survivors of non-recent abuse are having the courage to speak out. He said that, in the past where there were allegations of abuse by a prominent person, survivors would “fear that they simply would not be believed”.

People now have the confidence that their allegations will be taken seriously and that they will achieve justice.

Institutional Abuse

Of the 2,200 people under investigation by Operation Hydrant, a total of 1,217 operated in institutions such hospitals and religious organisations.

Prisons, sports clubs and youth clubs are other types of institutions where some alleged offenders are thought to have carried out abuse.

Although 286 of the suspects under investigation are dead, this will not stop police from continuing their work.

Chief Constable Bailey also said: "It is important that victims continue to have the confidence to come forward and report child sexual abuse.” He also reminded people of the important role to be played by wider society in “spotting the signs and achieving early interventions to prevent child sexual abuse before it happens."

Slater and Gordon’s specialist team of abuse lawyers are currently representing over 800 survivors of sexual abuse, many of whom were abused in institutions or by people of public prominence.

We have campaigned for the mandatory reporting of child abuse for some time now and have previously commented in the media about Operation Hydrant.

Our expert abuse solicitors have helped many survivors claim compensation through the civil courts and understand how much courage it takes to speak out about abuse. We give you our absolute certainty that any communication with us will be dealt with in absolute confidence and that we will fight for you every step of the way.

For free and completely confidential legal advice, call us on 0800 916 9046. Our telephone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, contact us online and let us know the date and time you would like us to call you.


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