Increase in drug and sex crimes in Cumbria, report shows

Drug and sex crimes have risen in Cumbria over the past year, according to a Home Office report.

Its latest crime figures revealed that the number of sexual offences reported to police increased by 13% while drug offences were up 24%.

But overall crime in the county dropped by 6% between December 2009 and December 2010.

Cumbria Police also has the second lowest burglary rates in England and Wales, the figures revealed.

The Home Office quarterly statistics reveal there were 27,016 crimes reported in Cumbria during the 12-month period.

'Strong links'

The report was based on statistics taken from the British Crime Survey (BCS) and police recorded crime data.

The figures also suggest that Cumbria Constabulary ranked as the third best force nationally for inspiring confidence in the public, with 64% of local people agreeing that the police are dealing with their concerns.

The report found there were falls in various categories of crime: violent crime was down 5%; criminal damage 11%, vehicle crime 18% and fraud fell by 7%.

Chief Constable Craig Mackey said he was "pleased" with the report.

Speaking about the increase in sexual offences and drug offences, Mr Mackey said: "Although it is disappointing to see any crime rise, we have developed strong links and trust with local people who provide us with important information."

He added: "We have also put a great deal of effort into targeting drugs and serious and organised crime in Cumbria which is reflected in the increase in the number of crimes we have uncovered and recorded."

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