Sex offence charges in our area fall by nearly 30% despite an INCREASE in offences

    The number of people charged for sex offences in the Thames Valley Police area has fallen by almost 30% over the past three years, despite an increase in the number of recorded offences by 25%.

    New analysis from the BBC has shown that it is part of a national trend, with fewer people being charged despite an increase in the number of crimes.

    Instances of theft in the Thames Valley Police area have also increased by around 10% despite an almost 20% fall in the number of people being charged for them.

    The Thames Valley Police area includes Milton Keynes as well as major cities such as Oxford and Reading.

    Overall, recorded crime in our area has increased by 14% in three years and the number of people being charged is down by 7%.

    Home Office officials have said they are working on a solution, whilst Police are blaming a lack of resources for the fall in the number of people being charged.

    Earlier this week, both Milton Keynes MPs said that the rise in knife crime in Milton Keynes was "painting a worrying picture".

    A recent MKFM Poll found that nearly 60% of people thought that the Police in Milton Keynes were doing a good job.

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