Reported sexual offences figures rise after Savile accusations

Reported sexual offences figures rise after Savile accusations

Philip Dewey

Reported sexual offences figures rise after Savile accusations
Chief Constable Sara Thornton

The number of reported sexual offences in the Thames Valley has dramatically risen due to the influence of accusations against Jimmy Savile, police have said.

A rise in sexual offences of 33 per cent was recorded by the Office of National Statistics, compared to a 17 per cent rise nationally.

Thames Valley Police says the rise is connected to the allegations made against Jimmy Savile and the subsequent Operation Yewtree investigation, resulting in greater reporting of non-recent offences.

Crime fell overall in the Thames Valley, dropping by four per cent in the last 12 months leading up to September 2013, compared with the previous year.

A total of 131,492 crimes were reported during this period.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: "I am delighted that crime has continued to drop in Thames Valley. I want to thank the officers, staff and volunteers working for Thames Valley Police for all their hard work and also our partners who support the work to make our communities safer.

"It is really important that we can trust our figures - so that we know where to target our resources appropriately. We take the accuracy of crime recording very seriously."

The biggest reduction was in robbery offences, which decreased by 28 per cent, compared to 10 per cent nationally.

There were also deceases in business robbery by nine per cent, personal robbery by 29 per cent, domestic burglary offences by 19 per cent, non-domestic burglary offences by five  per cent, violence by three per cent, and criminal damage and arson offences by 12 per cent.

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