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Recorded rapes increase by two-thirds in a year.

Byline: Sophie Barley Crime reporter sophie.barley@trinitymirror.com

THE number of recorded rapes on Teesside has soared by nearly twothirds in a year.

There were 208 adult rapes recorded by Cleveland Police in 2014/15, up 63% from a total of 128 a year earlier.

The figures have been released by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's (HMIC) Rape Monitoring Group.

The number of recorded child rapes also rose from 76 to 120.

The rate of 111 reported rapes per 100,000 children, means rapes of children were a fifth more likely to be reported to Cleveland police than across England and Wales as a whole.

publicity |Jimmy Savile victims feel more to report sexual Cleveland Police was criticised over its response to rape allegations last year.

A separate HMIC review found severe flaws over when the force classified incidents as a crime.

The report led Cleveland Police to reinvestigate almost 50 claims of rape after the force's own review found it had wrongly classified 49 claims as "no crime".

Nationally, police forces in England and Wales recorded a 49% rise in adult rapes to 19,316.

The report says the increase may be that in the wake of publicity associated with the late Jimmy Savile and other historical abuse cases, more adult survivors of child sexual abuse, as well as more recent victims, have felt empowered to come forward to tell the police about sexual abuse.

There has been an 87% increase in recorded rapes between October 2012, when Operation Yewtree began, and March 2015.

The proportion of adult rapes transferred or cancelled, previously known as nocrime, in England and Wales fell from 15% in 2010/11 to 6% in 2014/15, while for child rapes it is down from 7% to 4%.

associated with could made empowered abuse Rape Monitoring Group chairwoman Wendy Williams said: "This data provides a starting point to allow people - from the public to police and crime commissioners - to scrutinise how rape is dealt with in their area, and ask important questions of the local criminal justice services.

"It does however need to be treated carefully; the data is collected by different organisations, in different ways and for slightly different time periods.

"For instance, a high number of reported rapes in one of the 42 areas might indicate that victims are more willing to report rape, rather than a particularly high rate of rapes for instance."

The Gazette has asked Cleveland Police for comment.

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