FIGURES have revealed that police in Hampshire responded to more than 100 cases of children committing sexual offences against other children.

In the past two years officers have dealt with 110 cases where under-18s have been accused of carrying out sexual offences against other children and young people.

The figures have been collected by the NSPCC which is “deeply concerned” with the scale of the problem across the country, where more than 8,000 under-18s have been accused of such offences.

Hampshire police has welcomed the charity’s campaign to highlight the complex issue and believes that prevention is the key to tackling the problem.

The national study by the NSPCC found that most offenders were male, but that there was a small proportion of female offenders as well as both male and female victims.

Crimes included serious sexual assaults, rape and obscene publication offences.