Home Secretary hails crime 'achievement'

Home Secretary Theresa May said new crime and policing figures published today were "a significant achievement" by the Government and police:

These statistics show that our police reforms are continuing to deliver results across the country with falls in crime in every police force in England and Wales.

The independent survey shows that the public’s experience of crime is at its lowest level since records began. This is a significant achievement.

Police forces have shown an impressive ability to rise to the challenge of making savings while still cutting crime. England and Wales are safer than they have been for decades.

– Theresa May, Home Secretary

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Rapes rise due to 'Savile effect'

The number of rapes recorded by police has risen by 2% in the past year, with the increase thought to be linked to the knock-on effect of the Jimmy Savile investigation, the ONS said.