Sexual offences on the increase

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sexual offences have increased by 24.2 per cent in Doncaster compared with the same period last year.

The worrying figure that relates to performance between April 1 and October 25 of this year as compared to the same period in the previous year is contained in a South Yorkshire Police Authority performance overview set to be discussed at a meeting tomorrow.

The aim of the report, compiled by chief constable David Crompton, is to provide an overview of force performance against targets and historic performance over the last five years.

Responding to the increase in sexual offences, Superintendent Eddie Murphy said there are 24 categories included under the sexual offences title and police in Doncaster comprehensively respond to each and every report that is made.

He added: “Being a victim of a sexual offence is a particularly distressing crime and the effects can last for a long time.

“We work with a variety of third party agencies to provide support to the victims of these offences from the very beginning, to ensure they have the help, guidance and appropriate services they need to deal with any concerns or worries they have.

“As a result of the positive action taken in Doncaster and the support provided for victims, it encourages others to come forward and make reports of offences that have happened to them, which can range from offences occurring in the here and now, to past offences that victims feel they are now able to report.”

Meanwhile, the picture is not as bleak when it comes to anti-social behaviour, that was down by 28 per cent in the borough.

Supt Murphy said: “Doncaster is experiencing reductions in antisocial behaviour year on year as a result of proactive policing operations, effective partnership working and dedicated teams in the borough who respond to incidents and robustly deal with anyone who chooses to behave in this manner.” The report states crime in general is down by 9 per cent across the region.