Drop in the num­ber of sex­ual of­fences

Two ar­eas of Bucks go against the na­tional rise

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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