Recorded crime in the North East rose by almost a quarter, according to figures released today, well above the national average.
The figures, from Crime Survey for England and Wales, shows that recorded crime for all offences - except fraud - rose by 24% in the North East between June 2016 and June 2017.
These are the combined findings of incidents recorded by the region's three police forces - Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland - and compare with a national average rise of 14%.
Here are some of the key findings for this region:
- Incidents of violence rise by 36%
- Stalking and harassment offences went up by 71%
- Sexual offences went up by 24%
- Robberies rose by 32%
- Domestic burglaries went up by 27%
- Bicycle thefts increased by 25%
Only two types of offences went down in the North East during this period.
- Drug offences decreased by 15%
- Non-domestic burglaries went down by 11%
It is believed, in part, that the rise can be attributed to improvements in crime recording processes.
In addition, some crime types, in particular those of a sexual nature, have seen increases in the numbers recorded.
This, it is believed, shows that victims have more confidence to come forward and report incidents.