Sex offences almost double in a year

Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police

The number of sex offences committed across Thames Valley has almost doubled in the past year.

The figures released today surpass the average rise in sex crime across England Wales.

Thames Valley Police blame the sudden rise on the number of victims having “greater confidence” to come forward about previously unreported rapes.

A spokesman said: “The increase can partially be attributed to the effectiveness of the domestic abuse risk assessment process during which victims are disclosing previously unreported rapes.

“In addition many victims are coming forward to report offences which occurred prior to this reporting period.

“This shows a greater confidence amongst victims that the police will deal with sexual offences in an effective and sympathetic way.”

A report from the Office of National Statistics revealed there were 123,798 crimes recorded across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire from July 2014 until the end of June 2015.