The number of recorded sex offences against children in the region has doubled, the NSPCC has revealed.
Between 2014 and 2015 there were 1,265 cases, the charity said. But last year, that number rose to over 2,500.
There are several possible factors leading to the rise, including better recording of offences and the risks of online grooming.
Nationally, recorded child sex offences rose to a record 55,507.
“This steep rise lays bare just how extensive this appalling crime against children has become, claiming multiple victims every hour, some of whom are yet to say their first word,” said NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless.
“Sexual abuse can shatter a child’s life and leave them feeling ashamed, depressed, or even suicidal. Now, more than ever, victims need help as soon as possible to help them recover from their ordeals and go on to lead full and happy lives,” he added.