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New police report shows rise in sexual offences in Cumbria

Cumbria Police have seen an overall decrease in crimes between April 2016 and March 2017 Photo: ITV Border

There has been a 25% increase in reported sexual offences, excluding rape, in Cumbria over the last year, according to a new report released by the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner's office.

A total of 718 sexual crimes were reported to police between April 2016 and March 2017.

The overall figures show a 2% decrease in reported crimes compared to the previous 12 months.

One in four of these crimes are non-recent (historic) and we encourage people to take the very brave step and speak out. You will be believed and we have specially trained officers to support you.

Victims can contact the dedicated support service The Bridgeway directly.

Overall, these latest figures demonstrate the high-level of support the police in Cumbria receive from you and the quality service they deliver in return, in the face of increasing demand and the challenges surrounding extremism. It is only by us all working together we will keep us all safe.

– Peter McCall, Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

The number of reported violence against the person and domestic violence crimes have fallen by 1.4%, meaning 102 less crimes than the previous year. Reported domestic abuse crimes have also decreased by 1%.

In line with the national trend, Cumbria has seen rises in reports of rape and other sexual offences.

It is positive to see that people are gaining confidence to report these crimes, and that they now benefit from the services available at The Bridgeway.

By working together we can continue to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, and keep the county a safe place to live, work and visit.

– Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Sean Robinson