Doncaster named as one of worst places in country for rising number of child sex offences

Doncaster had the seven highest rate of child sex offences in the country last year, new Home Office figures have revealed.
Doncaster had the seven highest rate of child sex offences in the country last year, new Home Office figures have revealed.

New figures from the Home Office have revealed Doncaster to be one of the worst places in the country for the number of child sex offences recorded.

The new crime figures placed Doncaster as seventh in the country in the table of areas with the highest rate of sex offences recorded between September 2014 and September 2015.

According to the data, there were 12.7 child sex offences committed per every 10,000 people in the borough - or a total number of 385 incidents.

South Yorkshire Police was also found to be the force with the highest rate of child sex offences recorded in the country, with 10.4 reported per every 10,000 people in the county.

Rotherham was found to have the fourth highest rate of child sex offences recorded, with 13.5 committed per every 10,000 people, equating to a total number of 350.

Telford and Wrekin had the highest rate of child sex offences taking place in the country, followed by Rochdale, Stoke on Trent, Rotherham, Barrow in Furness, Northampton, Doncaster, Great Yarmouth, Southampton and Calderdale.

Crime figures have shown that the number of child sex offences has risen by a shocking 75 per cent over the last four years.

Across the whole of England and Wales, police recorded 36,855 child sex offences in the year to September 2015 - of which 11,317 were rape offences.

This is an increase of 75 per cent when compared to the average for the previous three years and was 44 per cent higher than the number recorded in the 12 months to September 2014.