Praise for county’s rape unit

Macclesfield Express - - HANDS OFF OUR HOSPITAL -

RAPE in­ves­ti­ga­tors in Cheshire are the best in the coun­try, new fig­ures show.

A re­port by the Gov­ern­ment’s Rape Mon­i­tor­ing Group for 2015/16 show 22 per cent of the 434 com­plaints made to Cheshire Po­lice re­sulted in charges. This is high­est in the coun­try and al­most dou­ble the na­tional av­er­age of 12pc.

In fact Cheshire Po­lice claims its cur­rent charge rate stands at 28pc.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ser­ena Kennedy says the suc­cess is down to com­mit­ment to in­vest­ment in its Ded­i­cated Rape Unit and its ex­cel­lent part­ner­ship with those who sup­port vic­tims of rape and sex­ual as­saults.

She said: “In Cheshire we are fol­low­ing the na­tional trend that has seen the rate of rapes re­ported to us rise by 50pc since 2011-12. We have re­sponded by plac­ing even greater re­sources into our Ded­i­cated Rape Unit, which al­lows our spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers to tackle rape and sex­ual of­fences even more ef­fec­tively while pro­vid­ing sup­port for vic­tims.”

In 2011/12 there were 129 re­ported rapes of adults and 87 of chil­dren. Of th­ese 174 were re­ferred to CPS and 62 re­sulted in charges. Be­tween 2015/16 there were 297 re­ported adult rapes and 137 of chil­dren with 215 re­ferred to CPS and 112 re­sulted in charges.

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