04:22AM, Tuesday 22 July 2014
A rise in reported sexual offences was recorded in the Thames Valley during the last year influenced by allegations made by celebrities.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published crime figures for each police force in England and Wales on Thursday (July 17), recorded from March 2013 to March 2014.
The number of sexual offences recorded by Thames Valley Police rose from 31 per cent compared to a 20 per cent increase nationally.
A police spokesman said this was down to the 'influence of continued allegations against celebrities' and 'successful prosecutions resulting in greater reporting of historical offences'.
There was an overall reduction in crime in the Thames Valley by three per cent, compared to a national average of one per cent, resulting in 4,000 fewer crimes.
Recorded offences for 2012/13 were 131,764, which dropped to 127,490 in 2013/14.
Chief constable Sara Thornton said: "The fact that crime continues to drop and in some areas the reduction is greater than the national average shows that the tireless work of Thames Valley police officers and staff is paying off.
"I want to thank all my officers and staff for their continued hard work, and the public for their help which is invaluable to the work we do."
There was a reduction in the number of domestic burglary, by 20 per cent, robbery, by 17 per cent, and burglary, by 14 per cent.
However, there was a rise in shoplifting, by six per cent, miscellaneous crimes against society, by five per cent, and violence without injury, by one per cent.
Police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley Anthony Stansfeld said: "This drop in crime has been achieved despite considerable budget reductions and demonstrates how well Thames Valley Police are using their resources, including new technology."
Visit www.ons.gov.uk to view the figures for all police forces.
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