A RECORD RISE IN RAPE; Soaring Violence and Sex Crimes across Country

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A RECORD RISE IN RAPE; Soaring Violence and Sex Crimes across Country


Byline: MAGNUS GARDHAM

RAPES and attempted rapes hit record levels in Scotland last year, according to shocking new figures.

There were 913 rapes or attempted rapes recorded across the country.

The figure jumped 21 per cent from the previous year and was the highest ever since record began in the 1920s.

The total, described as "alarming" by rape crisis groups, was revealed in the Scottish Executive's annual Recorded Crime in Scotland report.

Many of the crimes most feared by the public - particularly those using force - soared last year and prompted fresh calls for more officers on the beat and zero tolerance policing.

Drug crime also reached an all-time high and has now more than doubled in the last decade.

Violent crime was at its worst since 1992 and indecent assaults were the second highest in the last 10 years.

And cases of racially aggravated harassment and conduct soared from 1588 to 2371 - a rise of 49.3 per cent.

The most encouraging news was a slight rise in police clear-up rates. They have now risen every year for a decade to a record high of 46 per cent.

The report comes after Labour won the Scottish election with a pledge to crack down on petty offending.

But figures for vandalism and fire-raising - mainly torching cars - saw only a one per cent rise in incidents.

First Minister McConnell's cabinet, meeting in Edinburgh yesterday, did not even discuss the shocking figures on serious crime.

Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson said: "I am concerned to see the increase in recorded cases of rape and attempted rape, and violent crime.

"But people should be safe and feel safe in their own communities.

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