LATEST FIGURES: Increase in rapes reported in Avon and Somerset

PUBLISHED: 10:24 13 October 2016

The figures have been released today (Thursday).

The figures have been released today (Thursday).

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A report released today (Thursday) has revealed the number of recorded incidents of rape in the area has increased by 48 per cent in the past year.

The HMIC has released the figures which show there were 828 cases of reported rape in 2015/16, compared to 558 in 2014/15.

However, the police say they are ‘encouraged’ by the ‘increased confidence’ in the force.

Chief inspector Marie Wright said: “We’re encouraged by the increase in reporting of sexual offences over the past 12 months which we believe shows victims have a greater level of confidence in us and our ability to investigate these horrific crimes and bring offenders to justice.

“This increase does present challenges in terms of demand, but robust resourcing and training plans are in place to ensure our investigators and staff feel more equipped to help and support victims.

“We’ll continue to work hard to assist victims throughout the criminal justice process and the expertise and vital support of The Bridge Sexual Assault Referral Centre and the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor service are invaluable examples of partnership working in action.”

*For more on this story, pick up a copy of next Thursday’s Mercury.

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