Hi-tech police crime units dealing with incidents of suspected child abuse have developed a backlog of cases, the BBC has learned.

More than 1,800 cases are waiting to be processed by police, data collated by 5 Live Investigates has shown.

The most serious example, in Wiltshire, saw at least one case being delayed by more than 21 months.

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