Figures have revealed child sex offences have risen by 319 per cent in the Northumbria Police area.
The statistics released by the NSPCC show there were 718 recorded sex offences against children last year, up from 171.
The national children’s charity dealt with 110 calls from people living within the Northumbria Police Force area about sexual abuse.
Of these, 70 were so serious they were referred onto the police or children’s services.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “These figures are disturbing and clearly illustrate child sexual abuse is continuing and is a problem that needs urgent actions.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “Our Operation Sanctuary and national initiatives are giving victims confidence and making them feel more comfortable in coming forward.”