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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.

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ONS: Crimes fall by nine percent

The ONS said crimes figures have fallen to their lowest level since 1981 Credit: Mel Longhurst/Eye Ubiquitous/PA

The estimated number of crimes has fallen nine percent since last year, taking the figure to its lowest level since the Crime Survey for England and Wales began in 1981, the Office for National Statistics said.

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