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ONS: Net migration of EU citizens reaches 184,000

The latest figures on EU migration have been released Credit: PA

Net migration of EU citizens is estimated to be 184,000, for the year ending December 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.

This is compared with 174,000 in the previous year. Non-EU net migration was 188,000, compared with 194,000 the previous year.

was the net long-term migration to the UK in 2015, the second highest level on record.

Immigration has been a key issue during the EU referendum campaign and the figures are expected to spark a fierce debate between Remain and Leave camps.

Sexual offences recorded by police increase by 41%

Sexual offences recorded by the police rose 41% on the previous year, the Crime Survey for England and Wales have revealed.

Officers recorded a total of 31,621 rapes and 63,861 other sexual offences - the highest level since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2002/03.

ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo tweeted:

Though the survey found violent crime showed no "significant" change on the previous year, there were increases in the more serious categories of police recorded violence.

Violence resulting in injury rose by 16%, while possession of a knife or sharp instrument increased by 9%.

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