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Government children's chief critical of Times reports that child sex attacks had racial element

The head of the national inquiry into child sex grooming yesterday criticised The Times for suggesting the crimes were disproportionately committed by men of Pakistani origin.

The Times reports today that deputy children's commissioner for England Sue Berelowitz told the Home Affairs Select Committee that "the single most important common denominator across all the perpatrators is that they are male".

The Times notes that her own report says of 2,409 children who were known victims of sex crimes by groups of men in a 14-month period from 2010, some 33 per cent of the offenders (where enthnicity was know) were Asian. According to the 2011 census, 7.1 per cent of England's population are of Asian descent, with2.1 per cent of Pakistani heritage.

Berelowitz told MPs: "every single ethnic group are carrying out violence of this particular type".

Times journalist Andrew Norfolk was a finalist at this year's Press Gazette British Journalism Awards in recognition of his work investigating child-grooming.

The Times notes today that it has "consistently argued that most child-sex offenders in England are white men, usually acting alone, but that in northern England and the Midlands a pattern of group offending has developed in which men of Pakistani heritage are significantly over-represented".

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