More people in Amber Valley have been arrested in connection with child sex offences than anywhere else in Derbyshire, figures have revealed.
A total of 1,337 people were arrested for child sex offences in Derbyshire during the last seven years, 173 of those in Amber Valley.
The figures were obtained via a Freedom of Information request to Derbyshire police which showed the most arrests each year was in its Amber Valley area, while the Peak District saw the least arrests.
The statistics did show the number of people arrested in relation to child sex offences had declined in the last two years. The year with the most arrests – 2009 – saw 271 people quizzed by Derbyshire Police but in 2013, just 153 arrests were made.
In Amber Valley, there were 23 arrests in 2007, 19 in 2008, 30 in 2009, 31 in 2010, 38 in 2011, 19 in 2012 and 13 last year.
DCI Gareth Meadows, from the Public Protection Unit, said: “We have dedicated officers based across the county who investigate all reports of child abuse. We work with partner agencies to ensure all victims receive the appropriate support, care and protection.
“The number of arrests and prosecutions each year will understandably fluctuate depending on the number of reports we receive. It is important to stress we will treat all reports of child abuse seriously and will investigate thoroughly.”