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ONS: Net migration of EU citizens reaches 184,000

The latest figures on EU migration have been released Credit: PA

Net migration of EU citizens is estimated to be 184,000, for the year ending December 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.

This is compared with 174,000 in the previous year. Non-EU net migration was 188,000, compared with 194,000 the previous year.

333,000
was the net long-term migration to the UK in 2015, the second highest level on record.

Immigration has been a key issue during the EU referendum campaign and the figures are expected to spark a fierce debate between Remain and Leave camps.

Sexual offences recorded by police increase by 41%

Sexual offences recorded by the police rose 41% on the previous year, the Crime Survey for England and Wales have revealed.

Officers recorded a total of 31,621 rapes and 63,861 other sexual offences - the highest level since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2002/03.

ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo tweeted:

Though the survey found violent crime showed no "significant" change on the previous year, there were increases in the more serious categories of police recorded violence.

Violence resulting in injury rose by 16%, while possession of a knife or sharp instrument increased by 9%.

Seven million fraud and cyber offences committed in UK

An estimated 5.1 million incidents of fraud and 2.5 million incidents of cyber crime were recorded by police in the past year - the first time they have been compiled.

Some 4.3 million additional crimes were recorded by officers in the year ending June 2015, a rise of 5%, the Crime Survey for England and Wales have revealed.

The increase in police recorded crime comes as fraud and cyber crime were included for the first time in the annual statistics. Credit: Sebastian Kahnert/DPA/Press Association Images

The ONS said a "large part of this rise is thought to be due to improved compliance with national recording standards by police forces in the last year".

But incidents in crime against households over the same period dropped by 8% on the previous year, with 6.5 million incidents recorded.

Quarterly economic growth 'weakest since 2012'

Britain's economy is still growing, but it grew much slower in the first quarter of 2015 than it did at the end of last year.

Official figures show that GDP grew by 0.3% between January and March this year - half as much as it grew between October and December 2014, at 0.6%.

This is the weakest quarterly growth since the end of 2012 - and with the General election just nine days away, this will be seen as a major setback for the government.

The ONS puts the blame on a slower service sector, a shrinking construction industry, and a slight squeeze on industrial production caused by lower oil and gas prices.

ONS chief economist Joe Grice said: "As always, we warn against reading too much into one quarter's figures."

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1.5 million children 'live in workless households'

Around 1.5 million children are living in workless households, figures released by the Office for National Statistics show.

Workless households are defined as households where no-one aged 16 or over is in employment.

Crime falls 15% in England and Wales, figures show

Crime in England and Wales is down 15% on last year, according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics.

There were 7.5 million crimes against households and adults - the lowest figures since thesurvey began in 1981.

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