Sex of­fences rise above na­tional av­er­age

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SEX­UAL of­fences have soared in Mersey­side, ac­cord­ing to lat­est fig­ures.

The Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics has re­leased crime sta­tis­tics for forces around the UK.

Ac­cord­ing to the data for the year end­ing in De­cem­ber 2017, the num­ber of sex­ual of­fences has in­creased by 27.7% in Mersey­side. This is higher than the na­tional av­er­age of 25%.

Over­all crime had in­creased by 14.3% in the county, but this was less than the na­tional av­er­age of 15.3%.

Sim­i­larly, vi­o­lent crimes in Mersey­side were found to have risen by 17% – lower than the na­tional av­er­age of 20.5%.

In re­sponse to the find­ings, Mersey­side po­lice Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Carl Foulkes said: “We aim to pro­vide our com­mu­ni­ties with a po­lice ser­vice that puts them at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do, whilst us­ing the re­sources we have to give the best pos­si­ble ser­vice we can.

“We’ve looked at in­creased levels of recorded vi­o­lent crime, and I would again like to re­as­sure our com­mu­ni­ties that we don’t be­lieve our streets are any less safe than other ar­eas.

“Most of this in­crease can be at­trib­uted to in­ci­dents where, al­though vi­o­lence has been used, it has re­sulted in ei­ther a mi­nor in­jury or no in­jury at all. Ad­di­tion­ally, public per­cep­tion and con­fi­dence in re­port­ing sex­ual of­fences has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly in re­cent years.

“We wel­come the fact that vic­tims want to tell us what has hap­pened to them and it’s only through them do­ing so that we can take ac­tion against of­fend­ers.”

Mersey­side po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner, Jane Kennedy, added: “[The] fig­ures are fur­ther ev­i­dence of the need for in­creased in­vest­ment in our po­lice ser­vice and other agen­cies who help to re­duce crime.

“The Govern­ment’s pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity is to keep its cit­i­zens safe. Yet they con­tinue to try and de­liver this vi­tal public ser­vice on the cheap.

“The Home Sec­re­tary has now fi­nally ac­knowl­edged that po­lice re­sources are stretched.

“It is time she took real ac­tion to re­verse this sit­u­a­tion and in­tro­duce more po­lice of­fi­cers in­stead of cut­ting their num­bers in ma­jor ur­ban ar­eas like Mersey­side.

“Mersey­side po­lice are do­ing the very best job they can with the re­sources they have.”

PCC Jane Kennedy, left, and Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Carl Foulkes, above, are work­ing to re­duce crime

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