Worry over rise in sex crime

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Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has called for more work to be done to reduce the amount of sexual offences committed in the city.

Mr Jackson said it was ‘worrying’ the number of sexual offences reported in the city had risen from 289 to 390 in the 12 months from April 2014 to March 2015, compared to the same period the year before.

The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics, show that reported crime in Peterborough has dropped from 18,822 last year to 15,649.

Mr Jackson said also called for more action to taken to deal with illegal traveller encampments, following a number of issues across the city this year,

He said: “Generally it’s good news but a worrying however that there has been a hike in sexual offences.

“Crime has fallen overall even though five years ago we were told that crime would shoot up if budgets were reduced which clearly is not the case.

“As ever, the police need to be visible and robust and there are areas which still cause me concern, including the failure to deal properly with illegal traveller encampments and they need to be more proactive in drugs related offences too.”

The number of drug offences reported fell from 747 to 713.

Along with sexual offences, the only category of crimes to rise were violence without injury, rising from 1507 to 1807, and theft from person, rising from 242 to 342. Fraud cases were recorded as 0, a drop of 454, as they are now dealt with by a separate body.

There was a large drop in the number of vehicle offences, public order, domestic burglary and criminal damage.

Despite the reduction in figures, Cambridgeshire police and crime commissioner Sir Graham Bright said there would be more challenges to come for the force, and was working closely with Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire police to try and keep crime rates low.

He said: ““We can expect deeper reductions in budgets across all services and we need to work together to reduce demand. We believe we can, and should, be bold in our thinking.”