Drop in the number of sexual offences
Two areas of Bucks go against the national rise
WYCOMBE and Chiltern were two of only 15 places in England and Wales to see a fall in sex crimes last year, latest figures reveal.
Generally, in England and Wales, sexual crime increased by a third last year.
There were 61 sexual crimes committed in Chiltern and 208 in Wycombe in 2014 according to figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics from police-recorded crime data.
This represents falls of 29.9 per cent and 4.6 per Chiltern Wycombe South Bucks Aylesbury Vale cent compared equivalent 2013.
Only 13 other local authorities out of over 300 in England and Wales observed any kind of drop in sexual offences over this period.
In England and Wales as a whole the number of sex crimes increased by 32 per cent from 60,000 in respectively to the figures for 2013 to 79,200 in 2014.
Of these, 26,703 were rape offences – the highest level of rape crimes ever recorded.
Although this seems like a massive rise in offences it is likely that the increase can partly be attributed to improvements in the way that police forces record crime in England and Wales as well as more victims of sexual crime coming forward.
Overall the number of crimes in all categories recorded across England and Wales rose by two per cent in 2014 to 3.8 million.
There were modest falls in most types of offence, however this was offset by the big increase in sex crimes as well as in violence offences.
HAPPY PLACE: Sarah Cassidy, centre, with the Place Estate Agency team which won the Best in County award HAPPY customers have voted an estate agent the ‘Best in County’ for Bucks in a national estate agents awards.
Place Estate Agents, based in Chalfont St Peter, received the award after being voted best by their clients in customer service surveys.
The awards, known as the ‘ESTAS’, are the longest running estate agent awards scheme in the property industry and are regarded as the Oscars of the property world.
Founder of Place, Sarah Cassidy, ‘is over the moon,’ with the award after having gone through treatment for breast cancer shortly after starting the business in 2009.
“My passion for business kept me fighting and that’s what you need to do,” she said.
She added: “We are so pleased that our efforts have been recognised with this award, and we’re really grateful to all our customers who voted.
“We won’t rest on our laurels though, we will continue to give our customers the same 100 per cent commitment we have always given.”
The agency covers The Chalfonts, Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield and Rickmansworth.