(TELEGRAPH) — hildren in Britain are being abused and murdered in increasing numbers because the belief in witchcraft is rife in some African communities, police said.

The warning was issued as a couple from the Democratic Republic of Congo were found guilty of murdering the woman’s 15-year-old brother during an “exorcism ceremony”.

The Metropolitan Police yesterday said it had investigated 83 “faith-based” child abuse cases involving witchcraft in the past 10 years but believed it was still an “under-reported, hidden crime”.

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