Sex offences at highest level in 13 years
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.