300 sexual offences reported in Plymouth in past year - up 11 per cent
PLYMOUTH has seen a dramatic increase in reported sexual offences, says the city’s police commander.
Chief Superintendent Chris Singer told city councillors that there had been about 300 sexual offences reported in the past year, an 11per cent increase.
But Chief Supt Singer said it was not clear whether this was the result of improved reporting, rather than more crimes.
He joined council bosses and their partners in the police, health service and fire brigade to be quizzed about how they will deal with budget cuts next year.
There had been an overall 10per cent reduction in crime in Plymouth, making it one of the best cities in the country, Chief Supt Singer said.
Domestic burglaries fell by 33per cent, and there had been significant falls in robbery and vehicle crime.
Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Taylor said details of the police budget would not be known until February, when the new Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg would deliver his plans.
She said the force faced having to cut 700 officers in four years, and warned that the Government’s reform of the welfare system was likely to have an impact over the next 18 months to two years.