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Latest crime figures released

Latest crime figures released

Published at 6:03am 17th July 2015. (Updated at 3:02pm 18th July 2015)

There's been a 50% rise in the number of recorded sexual offences in North Yorkshire, according to a report by the Office for National Statistics.

Figures have also risen by nearly 50% in West Yorkshire.

It's generally regarded as a positive reflection of the confidence which victims have in police, particularly those making historical complaints.

Police say the increase is also influenced by Operation Yewtree and Operation Hibiscus (Jimmy Savile/Peter Jaconelli investigations) and the opening of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in York two years ago.

Overall crime in North Yorkshire has risen slightly compared to the same period in 2013-2014.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said: "The latest crime figures reflect the sheer determination of North Yorkshire Police and our partners to make North Yorkshire the safest place in England.

"We will continue to focus our efforts on all elements of criminality and improve the service we provide to those who unfortunately become victims of crime.

"Certain crimes continue to become more challenging and complex to investigate, however we are investing in new technology and I am confident the skills and commitment of the North Yorkshire Police team will rise to any future challenges."

In West Yorkshire, overall crime remains at a 31-year low, but figures for the early part of 2015 show recorded crime starting to increase.

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: "It is reassuring to see that overall crime across West Yorkshire has continued to fall over 12 months, and with severe Government cuts to policing and community safety, these figures demonstrate the commitment of West Yorkshire Police and other partners who work hard to help bring down crime.

"Given the challenges we all continue to face, it is really positive that there are decreases across many crime types, including domestic burglary, drug offences, theft from motor vehicles, theft and shoplifting over the 12-month period in question.

"However, it is important to highlight crime recording issues. Victims must come first and I will continue to closely monitor the work of West Yorkshire Police in addressing the recording issues but also the outcomes of this work.

"It is indeed concerning that the number of recorded violent crimes and sexual offences have increased considerably and, although increases can be accounted for in part by historic offences and increased confidence in reporting, I have already raised this with the Temporary Chief Constable to discuss what more can be done to improve confidence in accurate crime recording, but also what measures can be put in place by the police and others to bring these figures down.

"I consider the emerging data such as this on a timely basis to ensure issues are identified quickly and acted upon. I have been working with the police and other partners throughout the year to tackle crime and the causes of crime where increases continue, to ensure that both officers and community partners are working together to reduce crime wherever possible."