Sex of­fences at high­est level in 13 years

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of sex of­fences re­ported in Thames Val­ley has jumped by two-fifths in a year to hit a 13 year high.

There were 4,089 sex­ual of­fences re­ported to the po­lice force in the year to Septem­ber 2015, up 43% from 2,851 in the pre­vi­ous year.

This is the high­est num­ber of crimes re­ported in a year since records be­gan in 2003.

Po­lice recorded crime fig­ures for sex­ual of­fences in Eng­land and Wales rose 36% for the year end­ing Septem­ber 2015 com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year (up from 73,003 to 99,609) reach­ing the high­est vol­ume recorded since the in­tro­duc­tion of the Na­tional Crime Record­ing Stan­dard (NCRS) in April 2002. Ad­di­tion­ally, the lat­est rises are among the largest year-on-year in­creases since the in­tro­duc­tion of the NCRS in year end­ing March 2003.

Po­lice recorded rape in­creased by 39% (to 33,431 of­fences) com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year, fol­low­ing in­creases ev­ery year since year end­ing March 2008. Other sex­ual of­fences in­creased by 35% (to 66,178 of­fences). Both rape and other sex­ual of­fences are at the high­est level since the NCRS was in­tro­duced in year end­ing March 2003.

Sex­ual of­fences against chil­dren con­trib­uted 44% to the to­tal in­crease in sex­ual of­fences recorded by the po­lice.

Anal­y­sis of records from the Home Of­fice Data Hub, in­di­cate that both cur­rent and his­tor­i­cal of­fences (those that took place over 12 months be­fore be­ing re­ported) con­tin­ued to rise in the year end­ing Septem­ber 2015. How­ever, the ma­jor vol­ume con­tri­bu­tion to this in­crease comes from cur­rent of­fences.

The ONS said the rises may be due to both an im­prove­ment in record­ing by the po­lice and an in­crease in the will­ing­ness of vic­tims to come for­ward and re­port th­ese crimes to the po­lice.

There was a 6% in­crease in all po­lice recorded crime com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year, with 4.3 mil­lion of­fences recorded in the year end­ing Septem­ber 2015.

Most of this rise is thought to be due to a greater pro­por­tion of re­ports of crime be­ing recorded in the last year, fol­low­ing im­proved com­pli­ance with na­tional record­ing stan­dards by po­lice forces.

The Crime Sur­vey for Eng­land and Wales (CSEW) shows there were an es­ti­mated 6.6 mil­lion in­ci­dents of crime cov­ered by the sur­vey in the year end­ing Septem­ber 2015. This lat­est es­ti­mate was not sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year’s. PA­TIENTS failed to at­tend one in 12 first ap­point­ments at Bucks hospi­tals in the past year.

In the year to Septem­ber, pa­tients missed 10,770 first ap­point­ments at Buck­ing­hamshire Health­care , as well as 20,578 fol­low-up ap­point­ments.

Pa­tients also failed to turn up for ar­ranged ad­mis­sions on 1,684 oc­ca­sions.

The num­ber of missed first ap­point­ments was up 10% since the year to Septem­ber 2014, while missed fol­low up ap­point­ments were up 20%.

For ar­ranged ad­mis­sions, the num­ber of fail­ure to at­tends has risen by 10%, with 4.6% not be­ing ad­mit­ted as planned.

The num­ber of pa­tients fail­ing to turn up for ar­ranged hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions has hit its high­est level since 2010.

Pa­tients failed to turn up 121,782 times for ar­ranged ad­mis­sions to hos­pi­tal in the year to Septem­ber 2015, a 9% rise on the 112,244 times in the pre­vi­ous year.

This was the high­est num­ber of missed ad­mis­sions since at least the year to Septem­ber 2010.

More than one in eight (12.4%) of ar­ranged ad­mis­sions at The Whit­ting­ton Hos­pi­tal NHS Trust in Lon­don in the year to Septem­ber 2015 were missed by pa­tients who failed to turn up, the worst rate in Eng­land.

Across Eng­land, pa­tients missed 5.5m first and fol­low-up ap­point­ments at hos­pi­tal trusts across the coun­try in the year to Septem­ber 2015.

The num­ber of first ap­point­ments where pa­tients did not at­tend rose from 1.62m in the year to Septem­ber 2014 to 1.71m in the fol­low­ing year.

The pro­por­tion of first ap­point­ments that were missed has also risen from 8.7% in the year to Septem­ber 2014 to 8.8%.

One in six first ap­point­ments at Homer­ton Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (15.6%) were missed by pa­tients, the worst rate in Eng­land.

The num­ber of fol­low-up ap­point­ments missed has also risen slightly, from 3.72 m to 3.8m.

The data comes from NHS Eng­land’s hos­pi­tal ac­tiv­ity fig­ures.

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