Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Two children charged with sex offences

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Image caption Operation Wolf is aimed at tackling the specific crimes affecting the city's various communities

Two boys aged 11 and 14 have been charged as part of an ongoing police operation to crack down on sexual offences.

Four males were charged in Edinburgh as part of Operation Wolf, an initiative to tackle the specific crimes affecting Edinburgh communities.

The 11-year-old was was charged under section 7 of the Sexual Offences Act, which covers communications.

The older boy was charged under section 7, and also for voyeurism.

A 58-year-old man was charged with rape and a 24-year-old with indecency.

'Traumatic impact'

Supt Matt Richards said: "The type of crimes which have an adverse effect on our communities are not just limited to drugs, violence and housebreakings.

"Sexual crime has a profound and traumatic impact on victims and their families, and yesterday's Operation Wolf activity was aimed at showing the public that we will robustly pursue those responsible for offences of this nature.

"Whenever we receive reports relating to sexual crime we investigate every element thoroughly to identify offenders. Alongside our partners we use forensic, technological and traditional methods to bring perpetrators to justice and offer every support to victims."

He added that officers were following positive lines of inquiry in relation to a number of other crimes.

Operation Wolf started in May 2014 as a month-long enforcement initiative, but was extended due to its success.

Those wishing to report a sexual crime should contact police.

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