Crimes Down across N.Wales; BUT FIGURES SHOW MAJOR RISE IN SEX OFFENCES Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker

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Byline: STEVE BAGNALL

RECORDED crime is down across North Wales, new figures have revealed.

For the year to June 2013, a total of 36,584 crimes were recorded against people across the region including assaults, thefts, robberies, burglaries, criminal damage and arson, fraud and drug offences.

That was compared to 42,753 for the same 12-month period in 2012 and 41,901 in 2011, according to the figures from the Office of National Statistics.

But while the vast majority of categories were recording less crime, the number of sexual offence shot up to 858 for the year to June 2013, compared to 645 in 2012 and 672 in 2011.

This was put partly down to publicity around the Jimmy Savile scandal and the so-called "Yewtree effect", named after the police investigation prompted by the Savile disclosures, and victims feeling more prepared to come forward.

Operation Pallial is also investigating fresh allegations of historic child abuse in the North Wales care home system.

Wrexham's total crimes were 9,836 in June 2013, compared to 11,154 in 2012, and 10,409 in 2011. …