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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).