Offences for meeting a child after grooming have more than tripled, but grooming is still not a crime
The number of adults meeting children after grooming them has more than tripled in 5 years, but police still can't arrest people for grooming in England or Wales.
Police recorded 1,122 offences of 'Meeting a Child Following Sexual Grooming' in the year to September 2016 - up from 345 for the year ending September 2011, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
We're calling on Government to fix a Flaw in the Law and enforce anti-grooming legislation that was created 2 years ago today - but is not yet in force.
This means that adults cannot be arrested or prosecuted for sending sexual messages to children.