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Forced marriages in Birmingham have rocketed by almost 400 per cent in the last year, the report compiled by the Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Sharon Rowe, for Birmingham Community Safety Partnership has revealed.

West Midlands Police said 131 victims were identified in 2012-13, compared to just 34 in the previous year.

Investigations have shown that none of the victims had been classed as 'at risk' by authorities, with no warning markers present.


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