Dorset

Sex crimes in Bournemouth and Poole jump sharply

The number of people reporting sexual violence incidents in Dorset has risen sharply in the past year.

Dorset Police said some of the increase was a consequence of the Savile scandal which had given people the courage to come forward.

Cases of rape and sexual assault in some areas were up 50% in the past year, figures from the force show.

The figures come as a conference on the issue is held in Poole where nearly half the victims were under 17.

Speakers include Met Police Commander Peter Spindler, head of specialist crime investigations.

Cdr Spindler is the former leader of the Operation Yewtree Police investigation into Savile and others.

Dorset Assistant Chief Constable David Lewis said: "We've seen quite a significant effect as a result of the Jimmy Savile case and other celebrity cases.

"We're seeing a rise in reporting and we're really pleased with that."

Poole and Bournemouth serious sex offences

In 2013, 269 serious sex offences were recorded in both seaside towns. In 2014, 405 were recorded.

A quarter of victims in Bournemouth, and nearly half in Poole, were aged 17 or under.

Some 46% of serious sexual offences in Poole happened within a broader domestic/family context.

Across Dorset, more than a third of serious sexual offences happened in this context.

Source: Safer Poole Partnership

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