The number of rapes reported in Milton Keynes has increased by more than 100 per cent in the past year, the Citizen can reveal.
The surge is thought to be a direct result of the national Operation Yewtree, which has seen a string of celebrities charged with historic sex offences.
City Local Policing Area Commander Richard North said: “It is a significant increase. But it is largely due to rapes categorised under ‘delayed reporting’. These are offences that happened historically, possibly many years ago.
“Only a fraction of them, probably one or two cases, have been ‘stranger rapes’ where the victim does not know her attacker.”
Mr North said police treat all rapes very seriously and put as much effort into investigating an historic case as any other rape.
But, because historic evidence can be difficult to obtain, the outcome is not always good.
Last year,of the 98 rapes reported in Milton Keynes, 20 resulted in the offender being arrested and charged. This equates to a 20.4 per cent success rate.
Said Mr North: “It’s difficult to prove. Forensic tests for rape must be carried out within seven days of the offence. But it’s not impossible and we would still encourage people to come forward and report these crimes, even if they happened some time ago.”
Sexual offences generally rose by 43 per cent in MK last year.
Again, police believe Operation Yewtree has led to an increase in reporting crimes that happened in the past.
In MK police investigated 346 sexual offences between April 2013 and March 2014.
Fewer than 23 per cent resulted in an offender being caught, arrested and charged.
These outcome rates are still good compared to other forces nationally, said Mr North.