Sexual assaults have decreased across Dumfries and Galloway

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Police Scotland says indecent and sexual assaults have fallen across Dumfries and Galloway. There were 115 recorded incidents between April 2020 and December 2020 - down from 138 across the same period in 2019.

Total drugs crimes have also decreased in that time frame, with a recorded drop in possession of drugs from 885 to 770.

Speeding, careless driving and drink and drugs driving are down too, and there have been 76 fewer incidents of vandalism and malicious mischief.

However, recorded incidents of offensive and bladed weapons are up from 112 to 176 and fraud remains a national threat with 72 more incidents recorded in the local area alone, according to data published by Police Scotland.