Seven million fraud and cyber crimes a year, figures show

An estimated 5.1 million incidents of fraud and 2.5 million incidents of cyber crime contributed to an increase in the number of offences recorded by police in the past year.

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

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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.

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