Stats show city lost in snow­storm

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

THE rate of co­caine pos­ses­sion in NSW has jumped more than 40 per cent in two years, mostly driven by busts in in­ner Syd­ney and its east­ern sub­urbs, new crime sta­tis­tics show.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Sta­tis­tics and Re­search’s new quar­terly re­port, re­leased yester- day, shows ma­jor of­fences such as mur­der, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and rob­bery all de­creased.

Bureau ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Don Weather­burn said Syd­ney’s in­ner city and east­ern sub­urbs were re­spon­si­ble for about 60 per cent of the rise in co­caine pos­ses­sion.

“It’s been steadily climb­ing,” he said. “I think it would be a fair thing to say that it re­flects, at least in part, a real in­crease in co­caine con­sump­tion.” The July-Septem­ber re­port also re­vealed alarm­ing rises in the rate of sex­ual as­saults in Suther­land (56 per cent), Par­ra­matta (24 per cent) and the in­ner south­west (29 per cent).

Don Weather­burn.

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