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Dramatic rise in reports of sexual and violent crimes in south west Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 15:01 11 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:01 11 February 2016

The 23-year-old will appear in court today

The 23-year-old will appear in court today

The number of violent and sexual crimes being reported in south west Ipswich has more than quadrupled over the past two years.

Police chiefs have put the dramatic rise down to an increased confidence in victims to report these offences and because of changes in the way crimes are recorded nationally.

The statistics include rape, sexual assault, grooming, trafficking, exposure, assault, murder and attempted murder, manslaughter, harassment, stalking, modern slavery and kidnapping.

In November 2015, 105 crimes of this nature were reported to Suffolk Constabulary, according to police data provided to Ipswich Borough Council. This was a rise of more than 78% from November 2013, when 23 violent and sexual offences were logged by the force.

Detective Chief Inspector Barry Byford, of Suffolk Constabulary, said the reports of sexual offences in south west Ipswich were reflective of an increase in this crime area both in Suffolk and nationally.

“Since the Jimmy Saville case, police have seen a dramatic rise in crimes of this nature being reported and by their nature many of these allegations need detailed investigation that will take some time,” he added.

“We want to encourage victims of any sexual assault to continue to come forward and feel confident to do so, so that we can provide the specialist support they need.

“We have, and continue to, increase resources in this priority area of investigation and we are committed to bringing offenders to justice while providing a professional, supportive and caring service to those who have suffered such crimes.”

Det Ch Insp Byford said last year Suffolk Constabulary made changes to the way crimes were recorded in line with a national review, which have contributed to an increase in the number of reported violent crimes across the county.

The force also implemented a new system for assessing calls into the police control room in April last year, which Det Ch Insp Byford said had led to a higher percentage of calls being initially graded as violent.

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, said actions were being taken to improve the figures and the issue was regularly discussed at his accountability meetings with the chief constable.

5 comments

  • Waspie's wife......Many of these crimes are very different to years ago, to the make up of a rural town. Much of the reporting in this and national papers tells us why. It suggests we need more not less policing to cope with nature of the rise in this importation of crime. Less on the cyber and more on the real world. You don't have to go into the cyber world. Parents don't have to buy into it. You do have to live in the real town.

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    waspie

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Mr passmore is only a cost cutting commissioner and has no real interest in figures of crime , just the figure he saves the tory government each month... it isn't that difficult to see crime has risen sharply since the cuts come in and the police force is working under extreme pressure..one chief already gone under the strain of it all , but no doubt we will have Mr Passmore's backers saying it's not his fault again !..

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    deeber

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • I'm sure we have the EU to thank for much of the increase in crime, but you don't need me to tell you that - just read the names of those reported to have committed crimes. Then these figures are released within a week of reporting that policing numbers are to be cut even further! Who said "common sense will prevail"?

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    Fill-a-stein

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • And I thought that the nature of crime had changed...cybercrime etc. Still, I'm sure there are sufficient numbers of police officers to cope Mr Passmore!

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    Captain Slog

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • uuumm....where do you think these sorts of crimes have come from...???

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    waspie

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

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