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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:30am 26th March 2012

There are fears people in Cornwall are waiting too long to report child abuse.

Pirate FM has learnt ninety-four cases last year were so serious officials had to take action straight away.

But almost a third waited six months before telling anyone they were worried.

Chris Cloke from the NSPCC said, "If you can put yourself in the position of a small child who is being abused or neglected, if they are having to wait such long times that can feel like a very, very long time to wait before anyone helps you.

"It could mean that the hitting and the beating gets more severe. We also know from the very tragic cases that hit the headlines that in the most extreme cases it can lead to a child being very severely injured or in some circumstances even being killed."

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