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Child abuse cases involving witchcraft and exorcism are on the rise, Scotland Yard has warned

An increasing number of child abuse cases involving accusations of witchcraft and exorcism are being reported to police, the Met Police has warned.

In one incident, a boy of nine was called a ‘devil child’ and thrown out of his home by his parents, detectives revealed.

A specialist unit in London recorded 46 alleged crimes linked to faith last year- more than double the number in 2013.

Project Violet, the specialist faith-based abuse team within the Metropolitan Police Service, has identified 60 incidents so far in 2015.

The figures relate to crime reports flagged as involving abuse linked to faith or belief, and many of the cases involve children.

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