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Sex Crimes on the Rise across the UK

There were more than 100,000 sexual assaults across the UK in the last year according to official statistics on criminal offences.
The new figure marks the first occasion that the number of sexual offences has reached such a landmark with an increase of 29% compared to the figures from the same period last year. However, the police are insisting that the number of offences is due to the victims of such attacks being more willing to come forward rather than a decrease in the standard of policing. This sentiment was echoed by the Office of National Statistics.

Record Year for Sexual Offences

While the figures only take into account data from England and Wales, previous reports from Police Scotland have indicated that the number of sexual offences has also risen in the country, implying that a rise in such offences is widespread throughout the UK.
Figures indicate that the number of rapes stood at 34,741 and that there were 68,873 other types of sexual offences, making 103,614 total offences. The figure also means that the number of rapes across the UK is now at the highest level since records began.
As well as an increase in the number of sexual offences, there was an 11% rise in homicides and a 27% rise in the number of violent crimes seen across the UK. Firearm offences also increased by 4% with police stating that this was mainly due to an 18% rise in imitation crimes.

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Defending your home in England and Wales

The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced that householders in England and Wales will have greater protection from burglars in future.


Drug seizures by Scottish Police Forces

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has published statistics on drug seizures by Scottish Police Forces, which give the number and quantity of drugs seized by the eight Scottish police forces in 2010-11.


New prosecution ‘networks’

Three senior procurators fiscal have been appointed to lead new prosecution ‘networks’ covering local Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) offices across Scotland.

The three ‘networks’ structure (North; East; and West) has replaced the COPFS previous eleven ‘area’ structure. The appointment of the new senior procurators fiscal: John Dunn (West); David Harvie (North); and John Logue (East), was announced by the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC.

The restructuring will allow the COPFS to use its technology to the full, with teams of staff from around Scotland working together to make the best use of resources and provide a more efficient and effective service to the public.

Specialism in all prosecution work is now at the core of the COPFS with the introduction of the new structure.

The move builds on the approach already taken at a national level where specialist prosecutors are already embedded in areas of work such as: Sexual Crime; Serious and Organised Crime; Health and Safety, and have delivered significant results.

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