There’s been a sharp rise in the number of grooming cases reported in Essex.
The NSPCC’s looked at totals recorded by police forces since 2013 – with Essex numbers rising from just 8 to 93.
The increase year on year from 2016/17 to 17/18 was 166 percent.
Nationally there have been more than six thousand incidents in the past five years.
The charity wants the Government to do more to target social media – and introduce a mandatory safety code.