Rapes rise by 60 per cent in Milton Keynes

Police are thought to be investigating the incident outside Bishop Luffa School
Police are thought to be investigating the incident outside Bishop Luffa School

The number of rapes in Milton Keynes has risen by more than 60 per cent in the past year, according to the latest crime figures.

155 rapes were reported between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.

There were also another 371 sexual offences, twice as many as in 2012/13.

However, Thames Valley Police claim this figure shows a “growing confidence” in the force, as a quarter of these rapes occurred before the last 12 months.

Superintendent Gez Chiariello was cautiously optimistic about the latest fall in crime.

He said: “I am pleased to see that the overall number of crimes year ­on­ year continues to fall, particularly the burglary figures.

“But we are not complacent and will be working to bring the figures down even further over the course of the next year.”

There were 1,082 rapes reported between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 across the Thames Valley.

There were also another 2,443 sexual offences, twice as many as in 2012/13.